The feature race on Day 2 of the Royal meeting is set to stage a rematch between the first two home in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh in May. Here we take a look at their prospects of a win and provide a best bet for the race.
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Camelot has been a hype horse for almost his whole career with the Ballydoyle outfit claiming he was one of the best horses they have ever had. A triple Classic winner last season, the jury was still out on the value of that form and after a bout of colic over the winter, he returned with questions to answer this season. Sent off a 4/11 favourite for the Tattersalls Gold Cup he ran a good enough race, travelling well for a long way but was ultimately no match for Al Kazeem on the day, who managed to strive past him inside the final furlong. Visually it is difficult to argue that Camelot will reverse that form if both horses turn up in the same sort of form. Having had surgery for colic over the summer however it is entirely possible that he will improve as the season goes on and he may not quite be at this best yet; whether his best is as good as was once though is still highly debatable though. Al Kazeem has looked impressive in two starts this season and deserves his place at the top of the market. He is very consistent; he has finished in the top 2 in every race since his debut (9 races) and with a lack of strength in depth in the race he has a good chance of keeping that record going.
It may be left to the french raider in the race to provide some betting value. Maxios for French trainer Jonathan Pease was highly thought of early in his career. He struggled with set backs as a 3 year old but has appeared better than ever of late, registering his first Group 1 success last time out in the Prix d’Ispahan. He was runner up in the Prix Ganay last year behind the smart German raider Pastorius, who managed to finish 4th behind Frankel at Ascot last season. Maxios finished ahead of the likes of Dunaden, Giofra, Saonois and Ridasiyna who are all Group 1 winners and his form puts him in the mix in the context of this race. A possible Arc tilt is being considered later in the year but makes the journey over to Ascot first. A French trained son of Monsun was ridden to victory in this race by jockey Stephane Pasquier back in 2007 when Manduro was the victor and there is every chance history could repeat itself.
The Fugue was unlucky on several occasions last year but still managed a Group 1 success when winning the Nassau Stakes. She confirmed herself as a very promising filly and can be considered a stable star at the John Gosden yard. Unraced against colts this test requires a step up but she could not be ruled out given the consistency she showed at the highest level last season.
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