Frankie Dettori and Lady Aurelia scored in style at Royal Ascot
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By David Baxter 9:00aM 1 JUl 2016
ROYAL ASCOT has been and gone and there were some very good performances in the juvenile races, not least Lady Aurelia, who was hugely impressive, and will be an exciting draw when next seen.
There is lots of racing to keep on top of now, but one recurring theme is the glut of Mark Johnston-trained two-year-old winners this month.
With one day left in June, the Johnston team had banged in 22 winners from 70 runners, a 31 per cent strike-rate, with a healthy level-stakes profit of +17.56. With the team in such good form, his representatives must be considered wherever they are running.
There has not been many of the previous selections from this column in action in the last few weeks, though little went right for Daltonat Ripon at the start of the month.
Fortune Of War
June 17, Newmarket, 6th
This colt made his debut in what could be a decent novice race, and needed the experience early as he did run around a bit at the end of the field. Although never a danger to those ahead, he was not disgraced and was making a bit of headway late on. He has a stamina-laden pedigree and should keep progressing on his next few starts.
June 21, Leicester, 5th
The only newcomer in the field on debut, this Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained colt finished last, but was not disgraced. A slow start put him on the back foot, and having moved back into contention, he was unable to pick up on the heavy ground. A sound surface could bring about plenty of improvement, and he is one to keep an eye on.
June 22, Kempton, 3rd
This was a fine debut from a filly who was making her debut against experienced rivals. Always well-placed, Bellevarde saw out the trip well and the front three were well clear of the remainder. That form should hold up at the right level, and she should not be long in getting off the mark.
Marie Of Lyon
June 25, Newmarket, 3rd
Well-regarded by the Richard Fahey team, this filly was sent off favourite for the Empress Stakes on the back of a debut win at York, the form of which is working out. Heavy rain had made the ground very testing, and she did not appear to enjoy it, especially when trying to quicken in the final furlong. Back on a better surface she can make an impact in some nice races.