It's the opening day of the York Ebor meeting and Alan has two selections from the card...
"The favourite has to find 9lb on official ratings to the tried and tested Constantinople"
Constantinople can topple Logician in the Great Voltigeur
I accept that Logician could be absolutely anything and is a worthy favourite for this race, but I think he is short enough to take on in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes. I think he has a bit to prove, there hasn't been a winner of this race rated less than 103 for the last 12 renewals (103 the lowest Sea Moon 2011) and although the grey son of Frankel has been undeniably impressive thus far, mopping up a maiden, novice stakes and Class 3 handicap this season. He also has to find 9lb on official ratings to the tried and tested Constantinople.
No doubt John Gosden and Frankie Dettori have been a formidable combination all summer, but Constantinople has the form at this higher level (he also has 4lb in hand for a neck defeat at Goodwood against Nayef Road). I am backing Aidan O'Brien's charge to make a return to the winners enclosure. Ryan Moore's mount was only beaten by a neck on each of his last two starts, given his connections and the fact their is potentially still more improvement likely, I would rather take a chance with him than the odds-on about Logician.
King Of Comedy can have the last laugh at York
Although I am opposing John Gosden in the earlier race I think he has a superb chance of getting straight back in the winners enclosure here with King Of Comedy. This three-year-old has made into a very smart colt and looked a tad unfortunate not to land the St James's Palace at Royal Ascot, having come from a long way back. King of Comedy bids to follow up last year's stable success with Roaring Lion and he shapes as though this trip will hold no fears for him and makes makes plenty of appeal at the prices
Make no mistake though, this is a high quality renewal of the Juddmonte and if he is to be successful then he will have to get the better of Crystal Ocean and Sir Michael Stoute which isn't going to be easy. He isn't the highest rated horse on the planet (127) for no reason and gained a fully deserved first Group 1 victory at Royal Ascot before only going down by a neck to Enable (giving her 3lbs) last time out, no doubt he is the one to beat. But, I just think that the Gosden runner may still have more to come, that was a big step up from his Listed win at Sandown last time at Ascot and he's very much a work in progress who doesn't have to improve much to get to the favourite.
2019 (prior to this week) : +5.96pts
This week so far...
Staked: 10 pts
Returned: 5.5 pts
2019 P&L +1.46pts
2018 P&L +82.29pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts