Duke of Cambridge Stakes

17 Jun

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Only 1 of 8 fillies to run in this race under a Group 1 penalty (5lb) have been placed. That would be against last years ready winner Integral, as she bids for back-to-back successes in this contest. After that win last season she beat Rizenna by 2 lengths at Newmarket in the G1 Falmouth Stakes. She gave Rizeena 9lbs and beat her fair and square by 2 lengths. She meets Rizenna on 4lbs better terms today. Integral went on and won another G1 by taking the Sun Chariot stakes over Miss France. Integral has had 1 run this season where she came 4th to Night Of Thunder in the Lockinge Stakes. Form of that race has worked out well. Night of Thunder was somewhat disappointing yesterday but this race is a lesser race compared to the Queen Anne Stakes. Even with the G1 penalty, Integral should prove very tough to beat.

 

On the form Rizeena has a few lengths to find with Integral but she is 3 from 3 at this track. Two of those wins came at the last 2 Royal Ascot meetings. Rizeena had 1 run this season so far. She ran poorly but she usually needs a run. She won at last years festival after a poor prep run also. On form she holds today’s rivals Euro Charline who was 4th to Solow in Meydan on its last run. This race will most likely come down to a battle between Rizeena and Integral. The latter should come out on top again though.

 

Of the others Lightning Storm is one at a big price that would have a major chance if she recaptured her Guineas form of last season. She finished 2nd in the English 1000 to Miss France. Euro Charline was back in 5th. On that form she wouldn’t have much to find with Integral. Lightning Storm was also 2nd in the Irish 1000 Guineas but the main thing here is that she has not run to that standard since. If she did show that form she would go very close. The fact that she hasn’t won a G1 means she also gets weight from Integral. It is a big if though. Integral comes into the race in top form and should take all the beating.

 

Selection: Integral 1/1

Outsider: Lightning Storm 20/1

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