Three Horses To Follow At The Weekend


The Queen of racing returns to the track for her second race of the season and she is looking land a hat-trick of victories in the Group One King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

The now six year old has been the star of the flat racing scene for the last three years and although entering this year's renewal off the back of two defeats, she still holds all of her star ability.

After finishing second to the improving Ghaiyyath at Sandown in the Eclipse, she was said to be only 85 percent fit and now in tip top form she will be very hard to beat.

She does face a decent field of Ballydoyle runners but nothing she has never swept aside before and she will be very tough to beat at a track she loves.


Also on Saturday Elarqam is looking to get back to winning ways after a poor start to the season as the Mark Johnston trained five year old goes in the Group Two York Stakes.

Having shown plenty of ability last season, especially in the Group One Juddmonte International when an unlucky third, hitting traffic at every step.

This season many thought the horse would be able to kick on but he has been below par finishing second on seasonal debut at Haydock in the Group Three Brigadier Gerard and then a weak sixth in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.

This Group Two contest looks weaker than what he has raced in so far this term but will still need to be back to his best to go close.


Magical looks set to swerve her nemesis Enable in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday and stay over in Ireland for the Tattersalls Gold Cup.

She won the race last term by seven lengths and having looked mightily impressive on her seasonal debut when taking the Group One Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh it will be a shock if she is beat.

She was set to retire at the end of last season after landing the Champion Stakes at Ascot but instead Coolmore have kept her going for another term and she will be looking for back to back Group One wins.