Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ideal Mission for Bond Smart Colt Can Sprint to Victory

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ideal Mission for Bond Smart Colt Can Sprint to Victory

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Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM

THE name's Bond - Monsieur Bond. And Brian Smart's improving four-yearold is worth a bet to emulate Choisir by winning the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot tomorrow.

Like Choisir, Monsieur Bond is a muscular chestnut and a son of Danehill Dancer.

Granted, he may not have the blistering pace of the star Australian sprinter, but he seems much improved of late and lines up with persuasive credentials for this [pounds sterling]250,000 contest after two impressive wins at the Curragh and York.

The first came in the Gladness Stakes in May, where Monsieur Bond blitzed home by seven lengths, while the second produced a decisive defeat of a good field in the Duke of York Stakes.

Both those performances came on softish ground, but the standard of opposition is more of a worry than the conditions tomorrow.

Avonbridge has returned in great heart this year and had Tuesday's King's Stand Stakes hero The Tatling back in fourth when making all in a Group 2 contest at Chantilly two weeks ago, while Airwave came from well back to bustle up Choisir here 12 months ago and should find these faster conditions much more suitable after having her turn of foot blunted by the mud when only sixth in the Duke of York.

The Hong Kong raider Cape Of Good Hope is another with solid claims after his fine second behind The Tatling on Tuesday, but Monsieur Bond each-way looks the safest investment.

This stiff six furlongs looks tailor-made for him and a reproduction of his York form will make him very hard to keep out of the frame.

It would take a brave punter to make similar comments about any horse in the Wokingham Handicap, but even so Dazzling Bay looks to have plenty in his favour for the toughest sprint handicap of the season.

Firstly, he represents Tim Easterby, who sent out Fayr Jag to dead-heat in this race last year.

Secondly, he's dropped back to a fair handicap mark after failing to sparkle when the ground was soft in the early part of the season.

And thirdly, Dazzling Bay gave the strong impression that he's ready to win again in the York handicap won by Circuit Dancer last week, travelling like a sure-fire winner for a long way only to hinder his chance by drifting right close home. …

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