FOR many, Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes promises to be the race of the season. And for the sole reason that we will find out who is the best three-year-old miler in the land.
Will it be Dawn Approach or will it be Toronado? Or will something else spoil the party? On Saturday, we’ll find out all the answers.
When Paddy Power opened up their betting, their market suggested that both three-year-olds would be toppled by Soft Falling Rain. Surprisingly, they put in Mike De Kock’s four-year-old as their 9/4 favourite.
It’s 2-1 in favour of Dawn Approach over Toronado but their last clash saw Toronado come out on top. Dawn Approach is a 5/2 chance for Saturday while Toronado is 4/1 with Powers.
And given that Toronado perhaps had excuses both times Dawn Approach beat him this season, he’s most certainly the better betting option. And he’s most likely to handle the softer conditions better than his familiar foe.
Farhh (6/1) is the forgotten horse in the line-up and that’s because he hasn’t run since his runaway win in the Lockinge Stakes back in May. The fact that he’s never won over further than 1m suggests this could be the right race for him.
Another dark horse is Gordon Lord Byron, who would have won the Group 1 Prix De La Foret if it wasn’t for Moonlight Cloud. With Johnny Murtagh on board this Saturday, he’s a great value bet at 9/1. And then there’s Maxios (7/1), who should have the beating of Olympic Glory (8/1) on their previous French form.
Leader’s Big Race Banker: Farhh. Danger: Gordon Lord Byron