2.10 Thirsk – JAVELIN (nb)
The selection is a daughter of Lethal Force who is the third foal of a Listed-placed 6f-1m winner who was a half sister to Listed-placed 5.5-7f winner Damika, useful 5-7f winner Farlow and useful 7-8.5f winner Gaul Wood out of a winning half sister to 7f 2yo Group 3 winner Rainbows For All and Listed-placed 5f 2yo winner Red Avalanche, family of smart 6-7f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Josr Algarhoud and smart 6f-1m winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Shakespearean. This filly is trained by Richard Fahey and saw her sales price increase from 12,000gns as a foal to £40,000 as a yearling, her dam a useful sort who was successful on debut over this trip at two and a half sister to useful performers Damika and Farlow, whilst there are plenty of smart juvenile performers further back in her pedigree. She is quite clearly bred to make an immediate impact in her first season, and she hails from a powerful northern stable that can often be relied upon to have its youngsters newcomers ready to strike; absolutely no surprise to see this daughter of Lethal Force make a winning start to her career here.
5.00 Royal Ascot – ENDLESS ACRES (nap)
The selection, trained by Charlie Fellowes, is a son of Champs Elysees who shaped like a thorough stayer right from the outset, doing his best work at the finish on three outings in 10/12f maidens (solid form), and he signed off his three-year-old campaign with a staying-on third place finish in a 14f handicap at Salisbury last October. He made a winning return to action in a 2m handicap at Kempton in April, leading early and then prominent until regaining the lead early in the straight, soon in complete control and staying on strongly to see off Glan Y Gors by 4½ lengths. He was unsuited by how the race developed back over the same course and distance a couple of weeks later, and his latest outing at Newcastle a month ago saw him find only the promising, fast-improving Flymetothestars too good, the pair pulling nicely clear of the remainder. He is 5lbs higher now but remains wholly unexposed over staying distances, with the additional half a mile on offer here almost certain to bring about further improvement; no surprise to see this son of Champs Elysees open his account on turf in style with victory here.