Magnetic Charm hard to resist at Ascot
Magnetic Charm narrowly failed to provide a dream winner for the Queen at Royal Ascot, but a return to the Berkshire venue can pay dividends in the Acorn Insurance British EBF Valiant Stakes.
William Haggas' charge was beaten just a neck in the Sandringham Stakes - and given she had to concede 21lb to the feather-weighted winner Thanks Be, it really was a highly commendable performance. Magnetic Charm was keeping on well at the finish, as she had previously when winning at York, but the post came too soon.
The handicapper has duly boosted her rating to 109, which makes her the highest-ranked filly in Friday's field, with the conditions of the race giving her a further handy pull with the likes of Anna Nerium and Main Edition.
Ryan Moore teams up for the first time with Magnetic Charm and he should be making it a double because his mount Crystal King is the pick in the preceding John Guest Racing Brown Jack Handicap.
Being saddled with top-weight is obviously not ideal, but he has turned in a couple of decent performances this year - winning at Wolverhampton back in April, then disappointing at York before running a fine race at Ayr last time.
ASCOT: 1.50 Stars In The Sky, 2.25 Man Of Promise, 3.00 Crystal King, 3.35 MAGNETIC CHARM (NAP), 4.10 Almost Midnight, 4.45 Arecibo, 5.15 Texting.
CHEPSTOW: 5.45 Misu Pete, 6.15 Passing Fashion, 6.45 Broadhaven Dream, 7.15 Zoraya, 7.45 Gilt Edge, 8.15 Das Kapital, 8.45 Royal Hall.
DOWN ROYAL: 5.30 Millisle, 6.05 Zippity, 6.35 Dapper Power, 7.05 Royal County Down, 7.35 Downdraft, 8.05 Loudest Whisper, 8.35 Mallacoota.
NEWMARKET: 5.35 Cape Cyclone, 6.10 Laikaparty, 6.40 Path Of Thunder, 7.10 Arigato, 7.40 Passion And Glory, 8.10 Hydroplane, 8.40 Chloellie.
THIRSK: 2.10 Diamond Sparkles, 2.45 Rapid Russo, 3.20 The Big House, 3.55 No Mercy, 4.30 Mondain, 5.05 Local History, 5.40 Spot Lite.
UTTOXETER: 2.00 Ourmullion, 2.35 Out For Justice, 3.10 Get An Oscar, 3.45 Malangen, 4.20 Your Band, 4.55 Slaine, 5.25 Flos.
WEXFORD: 5.50 Caddy Shack, 6.20 Ourauldman, 6.50 Officers Mess, 7.20 Stylish Moment, 7.50 Persian Wind, 8.20 Motcomb Street, 8.55 Blue Heather.
YORK: 6.00 Moftris, 6.30 Spring Romance, 7.00 Boosala, 7.30 Frankellina, 8.00 Alexander James, 8.30 Amplify.
DOUBLE: Magnetic Charm and Frankellina.