Trust Jet Away to land the spoils
Gabrial steps up in trip and down in class at Haydock today, just 10 days after running the race of his life to finish third to Frankel in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.
The Richard Fahey-trained son of Dark Angel faces four in the Rose Of Lancaster Stakes and may well take the opportunity in his stride.
As the only three-year-old in the Group Three, he is open to the most progression, while his effort behind Henry Cecil's sensational colt certainly suggested that there might be better days ahead.
On the other hand, it may be unwise to read too much into his finishing position there as he ran his own race in behind, eventually only keeping on to beat Frankel's pace-maker, 10 lengths adrift of the winner.
Likewise, there are doubts about what he achieved when fourth in a poor edition of the St James's Palace Stakes.
In short, Gabrial was beaten twice off a mark of 89 before winning off 91 at Hamilton in May.
He is potentially flattered by his last couple of runs and, equally importantly, the dual five-furlong winner is not bred to stay this 10-furlong trip.
With that in mind, Jet Away appeals as a solid alternative. Representing the illustrious Frankel connections, the Cape Cross five-year-old is at his best over this distance, winning three from four prior to struggling over a mile and a half when third to Brown Panther at Pontefract in June.
Jet Away then came back to this trip for a stab at a York Group Two, only to endure a nightmare passage, breaking slowly and finding himself stone-last in what was a desperately slow-run race.
As a straightforward galloper that likes to roll along rather than quicken, that should have been his undoing, yet he still came there on the wide outside in the straight, only to get absolutely nailed to the rail a furlong out.
Because of where the incident occurred, Tom Queally's mount was never going to get the race in the stewards' room, but that's not to say that it didn't cost him the race. He eventually finished fourth behind Sri Putra and Afsare and is fancied to avenge that reversal now in a small field that suits his style of running.
A three-year-old that is taken to fulfil the promise of two Group One defeats is Irish History in the fillies' Listed race. Recent winners Rhythm Of Light and Dank come here with obvious claims as well, but Godolphin's Irish History might be a class apart.
Having sluiced up on her racecourse bow at Windsor in October, things went against the Dubawi filly at Sandown next time.
However, she then performed with immense credit to be third in the Coronation Stakes at Ascot, leaving the Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine, Samitar, behind her in fourth.
On tackling her elders for a first time in the Falmouth, Irish History posted another commendable effort, making excellent late progress to finish fourth.
Elusive Kate, second then, has won her second French Group One in the meantime, while the sixth, Barefoot Lady, also franked the form by scoring in Listed company next time.
All told, it amounted to a cracking display from Irish History, so she should take plenty stopping now on what is just the fifth start of her career.
With Ascot's Shergar Cup card an indecipherable minefield, Newmarket hosts the pick of the rest of the day's action.
Although the featured Sweet Solero Stakes looks tricky, Zumbi is one to get on side in the Baden-Baden.com Handicap.
In a 14-runner affair that doesn't have huge depth to it, Michael Stoute's three-year-old stands out as a potential Group-class contender.
An Ascot maiden winner last year that went on to be third in the Group Three Acomb Stakes at York, the Lady Rothschild-owned colt didn't get a clear run when only fifth in the Free Handicap on his reappearance.
Off the same mark of 101 now, Zumbi should make amends.
Best Bet: Irish History