There are two Group 1 contests to feast on this Sunday. In Germany, Munich plays host to the Grosser Dallmayr-Preis where the raiding party will be looking to bring the prize back to the UK. Dubai Turf winner Benbatl represents the Godolphin operation and Saeed Bin Suroor. Following a profitable campaign in Meydan, Benbatl proved to be a disappointing favourite in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot.
The slight drop in class looks sure to suit the son of Dubawi and he has to be the one to beat.
The other British runner is Stormy Antarctic who has become a bit of a globetrotter in recent times, with victories in Saint Cloud and Baden-Baden already this season. Ed Walker’s stable star has some very smart form to his name and should Benbatl fail to sparkle, he’ll be there to pick up the pieces.
Of the home brigade, last season’s winner Iquitos looks the leading hope to keep the prize in Germany. The consistent son of Alderflug has been a great servant to connections and looks sure to run another big race.
Others to note include Va Bank, Colomano and the well-bred Wai Key Star.
In France, the Group 1 Prix Rothschild is the feature race at Deauville. This 1-mile contest restricted to fillies and mares has been won by some Queens of the turf over the years, in particular, Goldikova who dominated the race from 2008 to 2011.
This year’s contest has a quality field of eleven fillies going to post, with three British fillies forming the raiding party. Chief among these is Marco Botti’s recent Royal Ascot winner Aljazzi who was very impressive when landing the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes.
She will face stiff opposition from the lightly raced With You who’s only two defeats have come at the hands of Laurens in Group 1 contests on her last two starts. Freddy Head’s three year old is open to further improvement and with the weight allowance, she must rate as a danger to all.
James Fanshawe’s Tribute Act has had a somewhat frustrating season for connections, she has improved with each run but has so far yet to get her head in front. I have no doubt she will improve again but she has over three lengths to find with Aljazzi on their Royal Ascot meeting.
Other to consider include recent Group 2 winner Mission Impassible, Crown Walk and Rosa Imperial.
Selection: With You