I suppose my instant, initial reaction to her third in the King’s Stand was one of disappointment. It’s human nature, I suppose. But the more you look at the race, the better the run looks, as obviously the winner is a very fast, talented filly and the runner-up did win that Group 1 race the year before. But I very much doubt that she ran up to the level of her earlier Palace House win, in which she carried a 7lb penalty and still saw off Washington DC. She did run below par when running at this course last season, but that was over 6f and she has clearly progressed the best part of a stone and more since. She is the highest-rated in here and doesn’t carry a Group 1 penalty for her Abbaye win – they only kick in for such wins from November 1st – so hopefully she can get back on the winning track in this Group 2. The race has really cut up at the overnight stage but Caspian Prince is incredibly quick early doors, so he should ensure we have a decent pace to aim at.
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