The Ribblesdale market is rightly headed by Noon Star, whose second in the Musidora looks all the better now following Snowfall’s demolition job in the Oaks, but at a big price I like the chances of Nicest, who is bred to make an impact at this level and looks a filly on the up.
She looked a future stakes filly when scoring on debut last summer and was sent off favourite for a Group 3 on her only subsequent outing at two, in which she ran creditably in fifth.
She didn’t see her race out on reappearance in the Cheshire Oaks, but there was plenty to like about her run in the Listed Orby Stakes at the Curragh last time, finishing a close fourth, despite not having the best of trips through the race. She finished a length off Patrick Sarsfield that day, who went very close in the Wolferton here on Tuesday.
Her dam won an Irish Oaks on good to firm ground, and the dam’s three-parts sister Magic Wand won this race on fast ground in 2018, so she has the pedigree to be suited by this trip, and the yard’s two runners so far this week have both run very creditably in defeat.
3.40pm Royal Ascot – 1pt each-way Nicest @ 33-1 4 places (all firms except WillHill, Skybet and Boylesports)