21 Jun Signora Cabello strikes for the north
SIGNORA Cabello was a welcome winner for the north on day two of Royal Ascot. The result was a shock to punters as she returned at 25-1 but it was no surprise to Malton trainer John Quinn. He was confident before the race that she would at least finish in the first six. But the filly stuck out her neck to get the better of Aidan O’Brien’s Gossamer Wings by a short head.
Quinn, having his third Royal Ascot winner, said: “I couldn’t believe her price given how on top she was at the line at York last time. She didn’t know what price she was and all she has done is improve. She is very laid back but she does help you. Even when Her Majesty was coming in and the band started she didn’t flinch.”
Signora Cabello was bought a week ago by a major new player, which is aiming to take racing by storm and challenge the global domination of the Coolmore and Godolphin. After watching her win the Queen Mary Stakes, Phoenix Thoroughbred outlined an ambitious four-year plan.
The global racing and bloodstock group has acquired 150 horses worldwide in the past 12 months and among them is Gronkowski who was second in the Belmont Stakes. They bought a 75% stake in Signora Cabello recently. Her original owners Chris Edwards and Ross Sankey, of Zen Racing, who bought her for 20,000 guineas, retained 25%.
Phoenix spokesman Aamer Salman said: “She is a beautiful filly and she is a great purchase. We want to be number one and we will be. It is a big ambition but we have a four-year plan to be at the same level as Coolmore and Godolphin.”
On day three of Royal Ascot there is more chance of northern successes. The unbeaten Vintage Brut runs in the opening Norfolk Stakes. He won the National Stakes at Sandown, showing great speed and a decent attitude and Tim Easterby has been unusually bullish about his chance.
In the last race, I really fancy Communique for Mark Johnston in the King George V Handicap. A rapidly improving colt, he was also entered in the Queen’s Vase but this is his preferred option. Silvestre De Sousa has been riding superbly and he will have to be at his best to get over from his wide draw in 18. However, the stats suggest that a wide draw in 1m 4f races at Ascot can actually be an advantage.
On day four tomorrow Johnston runs two in the Albany Stakes with the unbeaten Main Edition strongly fancied to run a big race. Easterby saddles the lovely Wells Farhh Go in the King Edward VII Stakes and he should come on a ton from his run in the Dante when he was second to Roaring Lion. The longer trip will suit and the St Leger is his main target this season.
But when looking through your horse racing betting guide for Royal Ascot, you should take note of Sands Of Mali. He is probably the best chance of success for the north on Friday in the Commonwealth Cup. He is Richard Fahey’s only Group One runner this week and will take some pegging back if he is allowed to stride out handily. Threading is another northern horse who could shake up the favourites in the Coronation Stakes.