Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 15:32 09/06/2014
Next Wednesday sees the first racecourse appearance in Britain of the French super filly Treve who will attempt to put a Royal Ascot victory on her already impressive c.v. when contesting the Group 1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes, the highlight of the second day. The Criquette Head-Maarek-trained 4-year-old looked virtually unbeatable when, remaining unbeaten, she slaughtered a top class field to take last year's Qatar Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe in October winning by a staggering five lengths from Orfevre who was just touched off in the 2012 renewal.
That air of invincibility however took a bit of a knock on her seasonal reappearance when, in the hands of Frankie Dettori, the darling of Paris failed to win a sustained battle with the hardened gelding Cirrus Des Aigles in Longchamp's Prix Ganay, going down by a short neck to the evergreen 8-year-old. While the daughter of Motivator can be expected to leave that run behind her at the Berkshire venue she is worth taking on at a short price as the majority of bookmakers make her an odds on chance in the ante-post market.
In a race which could cut up badly, leaving a single-figure field of perhaps 6 or 7, the William Haggas-trained Mukhadram looks a cracking each-way bet at the stand-out 11-1 available with Betway, especially with the firm going a quarter the odds the first three. The Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned 5-year-old only won at Group 2 and Group 3 level last season but went close at the highest level when just going down by a neck to Al Kazeem 12 month's ago before finishing an unlucky third to that horse in the Coral-Eclipse when hampered inside the final furlong.
The Shamardal colt looked better than ever at Meydan in March, finding only African Story too good in the £3,6 million to the winner Dubai World Cup and despite not seeing the racecourse in the meantime due to the wet conditions connections report him to be in great shape leading up to the Royal meeting and the mount of Oaks-winning jockey Paul Hanagan can cause the French filly plenty of problems in just over a weeks time.