Twice in the last five years John Gosden has taken today’s feature, the £1.15m King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes (4.30pm), with a fast-improving three-year-old, and he can repeat the trick today with Wings Of Desire.
The Newmarket metro popped up with 11/2 chance Nathaniel back in 2011, and repeated the trick with 7/2 hope Taghrooda, who was adding to her win in the Oaks, two years ago.
The sole representative of the Classic generation in today’s seven horse line up, Frankie Dettori’s mount, winner of the Dante and fourth in the Derby, gets a whopping 12 pounds from his older rivals.
These perhaps don’t quite raise the pulse quite like they would have done prior to the withdrawal of Postponed earlier in the week, with the betting topped by the Group 2 Hardwicke winner, Dartmouth.
You’d respect but not necessarily fear the likes of Erupt and Highland Reel, and Gosden will know this is a golden chance to enhance his brilliant record, especially as Eagle Top, a full brother to Wings Of Desire was also second in this twelve months ago.
Gosden also has Western Hymm to back up his challenge, but Wings Of Desire looks the main threat in receipt of a big chunk of weight, especially as he returns from a break back on a more conventional track.
It does make you wonder about Dermot Weld has missed a trick by not entering dual Derby hero Harzand, though knowing Weld and his love affair with Galway, he is probably saving him for a two mile novice hurdle later in the week if he hasn’t already broken last year’s winners total by the end of Thursday!
Joking aside, no favourite has prevailed in the King George since Conduit back in 2009, so bag a slice of the value and follow Wings Of Desire at 9/2 with Hills.
Elsewhere, there looks to be an opportunity to back a winner on the turf at Lingfield Park this evening, with Harry Dunlop’s Torquay fancied to cash in on her first try in a handicap (6.10pm).
Allotted a handicap mark of 68 after three mandatory runs in maidens at lesser trips, she can improve for the experience and step up in distance this evening to beat an exposed looking bunch.
Both BetVictor and Coral offer 9/2 about Sam Hitchcott’s mount in the mile and three quarter contest.
Today’s best bets:
4.30 Ascot – King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes – 7 Wings Of Desire (win) @ 9/2 (William Hill)
6.10 Lingfield – Glorious Goodwood Betting At 188Bet Handicap – 4 Torquay (win) @ 9/2 (BetVictor)