Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Byron Looks like Poetry in Motion

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Byron Looks like Poetry in Motion

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Byline: By Doug Moscrop

Tim Easterby's hopes of winning Ascot's Golden Jubilee Stakes today for the second successive year may been dashed on two counts.

Fayr Jag's attempt to repeat last year's victory was knocked on the head when he failed to make the cut and he is forced to stay at home.

While he would have appreciated quicker ground at York, his stable companion Somnus would prefer an easier surface.

He was champion sprinter last year and made an encouraging reappearance in the Duke of York Stakes when shouldering a Group One penalty.

It's interesting that he has never won before July and I think he is worth opposing especially with conditions not in his favour.

Byron, representing Godolphin, could be the one. Supplemented for a Group Three prize at Longchamp on his first outing since last August, he put up a fine display at the weights when running Art Master to half a length.

He is sure to improve a lot for it and he has the speed to cope with this shorter trip.

Patavellian seems to be improving as the season progresses and reversed earlier form with Quito when losing out by half a length to Baltic King in a Listed event at Windsor. He is short-list material.

Cape Of Good Hope has come over from Hong Kong again after being beaten two heads last year. He was a close fourth to Chineur in the King's Stand Stakes on Tuesday, one place ahead of the American raider Mighty Beau who likes to run against a rail so is well drawn in stall five.

Bahamian Pirate keeps proving us wrong as he did in the Nunthorpe Stakes last season but I can't believe at the age of 10 he is capable of winning another Group One prize.

Quito is a great credit to his trainer David Chapman and seems better than ever, though fast ground will not help his cause.

Godolphin will also have a big say in the Hardwicke Stakes with Doyen despite his questionable temperament and the possibility that he has developed some of his own ideas about the game. …

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