Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Force is with Rewilding in King George

Workforce has dominated the headlines ahead of the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes, but Godolphin's Rewilding can once again spoil the party at Ascot tomorrow.

The four-year-old had evidently not read the script when overturning hot favourite So You Think in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at the Royal meeting, and he can repeat the trick with Sir Michael Stoute's hotpot.

On a strict reading of the form with So You Think, Rewilding already has the beating of Workforce as he finished a neck in front of the ex-Australian star, while Stoute's charge was a half a length in arrears in the Eclipse.

However, racing is never that straightforward, and the recent rain should only be in Workforce's favour.

But he looked to have a tough race in the Eclipse, and it is hard to forget his lamentable show in this race last year, facts which lead to Rewilding being a value bet.

While quick conditions are favoured by connections, the Tiger Hill colt is more than capable of handling easy ground, having won on heavy and having been placed in Group Two company on soft going, when trained in France.

Third in the Derby last year, a virtual romp in the Voltigeur at York saw him sent off favourite for the Leger only to flounder over the staying trip.

Trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni believes he needs a bit of time between his races, though, and Rewilding erased memories of that defeat when landing the 12-furlong Sheema Classic in style.

Dropped two furlongs in trip, he swooped late for Royal Ascot honours and connections have again given him sufficient time to recover from those exertions.

The step back up in trip here is certainly not a negative and while Workforce is a worthy adversary, Rewilding is fancied to see off the market leader.

Regal Realm is the choice in the Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes.

Winner of her only start to date at Newmarket, she had subsequent Cherry Hinton winner Gamilati back in second that day, while Albany Stakes victor Samitar was third.

That is obviously form of the highest order and although Regal Realm has since had her problems, she remains a possible star performer for Jeremy Noseda.

Excellent Guest was unlucky not to claim the Bunbury Cup last time but compensation awaits in the Betfair Summer Double First Leg International.

The four-year-old not only raced on the wrong side that afternoon, but also found himself impeded at a crucial stage and he was probably the best horse in the race that day.

Also second behind Manassas in the Buckingham Palace at the Royal meeting, he holds solid claims for George Margarson.

Dominant is worth a chance as he makes the leap to Group Two level in the Sky Bet York Stakes on the Knavesmire.

The three-year-old was a five-length winner of a competitive sales race at Headquarters last time, atoning for a previous disappointment at Newbury.

This is a big step up to face the likes of multiple Group One winner Twice Over, but he is getting plenty of weight from all of his rivals and could be on the upgrade.

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