Joseph O'Brien: Two chances in the closing Duke of Edinburgh Stakes

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Joseph O'Brien has two, possible three, runners in the last on the fourth day of Royal Ascot

Just the two runners for Joseph O'Brien on the fourth day of Royal Ascot, but both are not without hope in the closing one and a half mile handicap...

"The form of that has worked out exceptionally well since then and he has won a couple of times himself in the year since."

- Joseph O'Brien on Downdraft

Fame starting to live up to early promise

17:35 - Arthurian Fame

Arthurian Fame is a horse that we had quite a high opinion of last season, but he ended up disappointing us. Whether it was being gelded or him benefiting from his winter break, he has really started to belatedly deliver on that early promise this season, winning both his starts in great style. He was quite impressive in a valuable lady riders handicap at Leopardstown last time and showed plenty of gears over the mile-and-a-half trip.

This race is always really competitive and he'll need his share of luck, but I'd be hopeful he can run well.

He was bought by the Blackrock Racing Syndicate during the winter and as many of you will have seen on social media, they have really enjoyed the horse's two wins this season! I can only imagine the scenes in the Royal Ascot winner's enclosure if he manages to win, but I'm sure they'll have a great experience regardless of the result.

This has been the target for a while

17:35 - Downdraft

Downdraft is a horse we've always really liked. We had hoped he'd run well in the King George V Handicap at this meeting last year, but he missed the kick and it was hard to make up ground on the day, so he did quite well to finish sixth. The form of that has worked out exceptionally well since then and he has won a couple of times himself in the year since.

I don't think he should be judged too harshly on his most recent start as a mile-and-a-quarter might just be a bit sharp for him these days. We've had this race in mind for him for a while and hopefully the ground will dry out a bit for him.


*Ming is a Reserve for this race but looks unlikely at this stage to get in.

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