Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 08:09 26/07/2014
Ascot and the King George V1 And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at 3.50 provide the highest quality action on a busy Saturday but the Knavesmire is also the scene of some top class competitive horseracing with the feature being the £100,000 Skybet York Stakes at 2.55. 8 Runners are set to go to post for the extended 1m 2f Group 2 contest won 12 month's ago by subsequent Coral-Eclipse winner Mukhadram, one of several potential winners of Ascot's showpiece less than an hour later.
The Godolphin first-string Windhoek at around 3-1 is likely to go off favourite in a tight betting heat after the ex Mark Johnston-trained four-year-old's impressive victory in a Sandown Listed contest earlier this month and the mount of Kieren Fallon is due the utmost respect, as is Danadana from the Luca Cumani stable and another Godolphin inmate in Long John who ran a promising race on his European debut at Ascot recently but the vote goes to the only filly in the race, Secret Gesture, the mount of Jamie Spencer.
Runner up to Talent in last year's Investec Oaks the daughter of Galileo has been set some pretty stiff tasks since Epsom but was given a confidence booster in the Warwickshire Oaks last month and while not overly impressive in beating Wall Of Sound by half a length the victory should have put Ralph Beckett's four-year-old spot on for this step up to Group 2 level and receiving weight from her seven rivals rates the one to beat at the 11-2 available with Coral.