Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Dodgy? Not This del Boy

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Dodgy? Not This del Boy

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Byline: NAOMI MATTHEW

DELEGATOR is fancied to turn the Irish Guineas form in its head in the St James's Palace Stakes (3.45) on a cracking first day at Royal Ascot.

The dogs were barking about Brian Meehan's colt before he made his seasonal reappearance in the Craven Stakes and for once they were not wrong as he produced a devastating turn of foot to beat subsequent Dante runner-up Sans Frontieres easily.

Confidence was high going into the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and the electrifying acceleration was evident once again as he sprinted into the dip, burning off everything bar Sea The Stars.

Of course, we now know John Oxx's charge is just about the best we've seen for 20 years after he landed the Derby, so Delegator lost little in defeat.

Hopes were high going over to Ireland for the Irish Guineas but even though Delegator does like a little bit of give, it was way too soft for him at the Curragh where Mastercraftsman sluiced up and the selection only beat one home.

There has been an over-reaction to that run by the bookmakers and he represents cracking value to prove once and for all he really belongs at the top table.

Sir Michael Stoute would not have advised Prince Khalid Abdullah to splash out pounds 30,000 if he did not think Main Aim was not up to Group One standard in the Queen Anne Stakes (2.30).

Stoute has always thought the world of this son of Oasis Dream and while he has made his name over sprint distances to date, he can come into his own over a mile.

In both his races this season he has run right through the line suggesting a step up in trip will see him in an even better light.

Gladiatorus has an inflated rating for his Dubai success and is definitely worth taking on with Godolphin struggling for winners, while Paco Boy would prefer it a bit softer and is also a doubtful stayer on this stiff track.

The British team face a difficult task in trying to keep the King's Stand Stakes (3.05) at home but David Nicholls' Tax Free is one of the most consistent horses in training and deserves a Group One win.

Amour Propre faces by far his stiffest task to date and the feeling is the Australian challenge may not be quite as strong as in previous years with Takeover Target another year older. …

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