Queen Catrine to rule in the Princess Margaret Stakes
King George day opens with the Group 3 Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes over six furlongs. The automatic favourite is David Brown’s Wind Fire who was an excellent third behind No Nay Never at Royal Ascot.
The daughter of Distorted Humor had previously won her maiden at Sandown in good style and she was the only filly to take on the colts in the Norfolk Stakes. She travelled well until the two furlong pole and kept on gamely in that well contested event.
The fourth and fifth home have come out and won subsequently and she must be the one to beat here. Queen Catrine made her debut at Newmarket last month when second to the useful Wedding Ring.
She followed that up with an effortless five-length win at Ayr before taking her chance in the Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes. Despite running freely, she stuck on well enough to finish third behind Lucky Kristale and Rizeena.
Behind her that day were Fig Roll (4th) and Princess Noor (5th). Both fillies take her on again here but there is no obvious reason why she cannot confirm the placings. Olivier Peslier has been booked for the ride.
Sir Michael Stoute saddles Lingfield winner Along Again, a daughter of Elusive City. The form of her maiden win may not amount to much but the stable rarely enter horses in Group races without a very good reason.
Similarly, Jim Bolger would not be sending the maiden Chroussa over for this if he did not feel that she has place claims at least. She has chased home a couple of decent sorts in Perhaps and Tapestry.
Wee Jean won her only start at Chepstow by four and a half lengths and deserves to take her chance whilst Love In The Desert has each-way claims on her third behind Fig Roll at Newmarket.
Selection: Queen Catrine
Danger: Wind Fire