JOHN QUINN, who ended a long Knavesmire barren spell last month when saddling two winners on the course in the space of 24 hours, has every chance of greeting both horses back in the York winners' enclosure again this afternoon.
Pres Rapide and Pearl Castle return to their prized local venue for another round of action and have leading claims.
Pres Rapide broke his maiden in fine style on his latest start and Quinn was briefly tempted to run him in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot the following week. He resisted that temptation is instead running him under top weight in today's Haylin Nursery Handicap.
What is most significant is that Pres Rapide has been entered in next month's Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, a Group 1 race for sprinters of all ages. To justify that entry, he will be needing to win this handsomely off a mark of 82. He carries the day's nap.
Pearl Castle won last month's Queen Mother's Cup Ladies' Handicap at York, showing a good level of form to claim that valuable prize. A winning hurdler last winter, he has good prospects of stepping up again in the £19,000 Groceryaid Chairman's Charity Cup Handicap. Phil Makin, rider of Pres Rapide, takes the mount.
The £50,000 totepool Summer Stakes takes pride of place on the card and Joyeuse, owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah, whose Frankel left a permanent memory etched in the Knavesmire turf two years, is taken to lift this Group 3 prize.
The Lady Cecil-trained filly won a Listed race at Haydock on her penultimate start and may not have enjoyed the run of the race when second in Group 3 company at Leopardstown on her latest outing. This looks a good opportunity for James Doyle's mount to resume winning ways, but she has tough rivals among her 14 opponents, including Reg Bond's Ladies Are Forever, winner of this race twice in the last three years.
Long Awaited is a hard horse to win with, but if things fall his way in the Acturis Handicap, this £19,000 event could be his. Trained by David Barron, Long Awaited needs covering-up and producing late. Graham Gibbons has the task of employing such tactics in a race which includes Paul Midgley's recent Curragh winner Line Of Reason and ultra-popular veteran Borderlescott.
Also worth noting on Knavesmire are the promising Maljaa (1-50) and Zaraee (5-10), who drops in class after tackling red-hot company on this course last month.
At Newmarket, Integral promises to be hard to beat in the Group 1 Qipco Falmouth Stakes.
Sir Michael Stoute's classy filly won the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot last month and looks more than ready to crack this higher level on behalf of a trainer in excellent form. Ryan Moore is again in the saddle.
The £100,000 Betfred Mobile Heritage Handicap was won last year by Heaven's Guest, trained by Richard Fahey, who saddles Supplicant and Eastern Impact in his quest to hit the jackpot again.My vote goes to Charles Molson, a horse who has finished behind Eastern Impact the last twice he has run, at Newmarket's Rowley Mile course and at York.
There were excuses each time for Charles Molson - a troubled run and a bad draw - and it could pay dividends to stick with him for a while yet. It would no real surprise to see him come good this afternoon under Fergus Sweeney.
The promising John Gosden-trained pair Obsidian (4-25) and Maverick Wave (5-00) are also worthy of attention on the second day of the July Meeting at HQ.
1.50 Maljaa, 2.20 Joyeuse, 2.55 Pres Rapide (NAP), 3.30 Pearl Castle, 4.05 Long Awaited, 4.40 Bishop’s Castle, 5.10 Zaraee.
1.40 Provenance, 2.10 High Celebrity, 2.40 Integral, 3.15 Charles Molson, 3.50 Bollihope, 4.25 Obsidian, 5.00 Maverick Wave.
Today’s other meetings:
Ascot, Chepstow and Chester.
York, Newmarket, Ascot, Chester, Hamilton and Salisbury.