Saturday’s feature race is the £135,000 Group Two Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile, which is often the target for horses that have run well in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.
This year’s renewal is particularly strong as it features the Queen Anne runner-up, Lord Glitters, third, Century Dream, sixth, Beat The Bank and Suedois, who didn’t run his race when down the field last month.
To add further intrigue, and unusually for this meeting, there is a French runner for Andre Fabre in Trais Fluors, who was a narrowly beaten second at Group Three level at Chantilly last time, having run very creditably in the Group One Prix d’Ispahan previously.
Eminent often ran well at the highest level as a three-year-old, including in the Derby, and it is very interesting that he is now stepping back to a mile for the first time since the 2,000 Guineas last spring, having been running over 10f for most of his career to date.
Arod won this race in 2015 and has since been around the world, including a stay in Australia. He has looked right back to his best of late and a repeat win isn’t out of the question.
The card opens with the Bet With Ascot Heritage Handicap, a fiercely competitive five furlong handicap. Amongst numerous runners of interest is the bang in form Tanasoq, who is on a five timer following his latest win at Chester.
On one of the busiest Saturday’s around the country, quality racing also takes place at York and, specifically, Newmarket, where the Group One Darley July Cup is the day’s feature.