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Marengo can make up ground for Aidan

IT has been a week of mixed fortunes for Aidan O'Brien and the Ballydoyle team with three winners by the end of proceedings yesterday but also the disappointment of Camelot will prove a bitter pill.

Tomorrow, though, the show will go on and while Camelot's retrieval mission was unsuccessful, Epsom Derby fourth Battle Of Marengo should return to winning ways in the Group Two King Edward VII Stakes.

The Ballydoyle contingent undoubtedly aided the demise of Dawn Approach in the Epsom Derby and such was the sedate pace of that race that Battle Of Marengo found himself in front from well over half-way and that would have been far from ideal.

A five-time winner, Battle Of Marengo is the likely odds-on favourite for the eight-runner contest with Dante Stakes disappointment Greatwood the next best in the betting for Luca Cumani and Richard Hughes.

Later on the card, the Queen's Vase is being run in memory of the legendary Henry Cecil and although his Warren Place team have a runner in Disclaimer who is going for a fifth straight win, it is the O'Brien-trained Leading Light who looks like continuing a winning sequence.

 

CECIL'S WIFE CAN CLAIM SOME JOY'

Jane Cecil's runners this week were always going to be closely scrutinised following the sad passing of Royal Ascot legend Henry last week.

The Warren Place runners have performed well this week although that first winner was still eluding them up until the start of today, but tomorrow their best chance could well be Joyeuse in the opening Group Three Albany Stakes.

Fittingly and rather poignantly Joyeuse is a half-sister to the great Frankel, who lit up this meeting for the last two season's under the unforgettable and sublime care of Henry Cecil.

Shelving the sentiment for this race isn't particularly easy but the Oasis Dream filly was an impressive winner on debut and is obviously extremely well bred and is certainly a worthy selection in the opener on the penultimate day.


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