Norton trainer targets memorable Royal double

Gazette & Herald: Taghrooda is patted by its jockey Paul Hanagan Taghrooda is patted by its jockey Paul Hanagan

CAN he do it again? John Quinn, whose flying colt The Wow Signal won yesterday's Coventry Stakes, today bids to follow up with Harry's Dancer who will likewise be ridden by Frankie Dettori, in the Queen Mary Stakes.

What she lacks in size, Harry's Dancer makes up for in ability. She was a wide-margin winner on her debut at Thirsk last month and has since been at the centre of interest by Al Shaqab Racing, who have bought a half-share in her to go with their entire purchase of The Wow Signal.

The Qatar owners had something to celebrate yesterday and may have cause for further celebrations if their retained jockey Dettori can also steer Harry's Dancer to success.

Paul Hanagan can draw first blood on day two of Royal Ascot by winning the Jersey Stakes on Muwaary, owned by his boss Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.

Trained by John Gosden, who recently supplied Hanagan with Oaks winner Taghrooda, Muwaary has twice won at Newbury, but it was his latest performance, in defeat, which stamped him as a high-class colt. He finished fourth in the French 2,000 Guineas, beaten only a couple of lengths after pulling hard early on.

He drops back from a mile to seven furlongs here, which should suit him perfectly. He is fancied to take plenty of beating in a race which also includes David O'Meara's This Is The Spirit and the Richard Fahey-trained Parbold, separated by a whisker at Epsom last time out. Hanagan also has a good mount on Mukhadram, runner-up last year, in the Prince of Wales's Stakes, but the William Haggas-trained colt may again have to settle for minor honours behind the brilliant Treve.

Winner of last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Treve was beaten by the top-class Cirrus Des Aigles on her comeback last month, but she should be a different proposition this time

Sir Micheal Stoute's Integral, narrowly beaten on her reappearance at Newmarket and a close second to Sky Lantern in last year's Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes, can win the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes, while Dutch Courage, a good fourth at York last month, is fancied to come good for Richard Fahey in the Sandringham Handicap.

Fahey runs two in the Royal Hunt Cup, but the vote goes Here Comes When, an easy Chester winner who has since run well in Group 3 company. Andrew Balding's charge will have the services of Oisin Murphy.

At Ripon's evening meeting, Norton trainer Neville Bycroft, who has his horses in excellent form, has good prospects of lifting the ripon-races.co.uk Handicap with Maybeme.

A winner at Beverley two outings ago, the eight-year-old has since finished third to St Moritz on this course. This looks a slightly less demanding race and Maybeme is fancied to win, just as stablemate Willbeme won for Bycroft at York last Friday.

Tim Easterby is also in good form and the Great Habton trainer is fancied to lift the SIS Live Maiden Stakes with Dutch Breeze. David Allan's mount has finished runner-up in two of his three races this term, most recently at York, and is overdue a winning turn.

Easterby also has claims in the featured Wells Memorial Challenge Trophy with The Hooded Claw, but No Leaf Clover, trained by Ollie Pears, may be worth another chance. Although he has been largely subdued in three outings this season, the Norton colt is dropping into handicap company for the first time.

Racing selections

Royal Ascot today
2.30 Muwaary (NAP), 3.05 Harry's Dancer, 3.45 Treve, 4.25 Integral, 5.00 Here Comes When, 5.35 Dutch Courage.

Ripon
6.50 Fathom Five, 7.20 Stanghow, 7.50 Maybeme, 8.20 No Leaf Clover, 8.50 Dutch Breeze, 9.20 Pertius.

Today’s other meetings
Hamilton, Ripon, Southwell and Uttoxeter.

Tomorrow’s meetings
Royal Ascot, Ffos Las, Leicester, Lingfield, Ripon and Southwell.

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