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Racing: 'Satchel has it in the bag; WACHMAN & INDE CAN DOWN DUBAWI.

Byline: Peter O'HEHIR Racing Correspondent

TAKE a chance on Indesatchel to upstage Dubawi in the St. James's Palace Stakes on the opening day of Royal Ascot at York.

The David Wachman-trained colt has proven a revelation this season, notching two Group Three victories in soft ground, at Newbury and the Curragh, before running the race of his life in the French 2,000 Guineas last time.

A consistent performer, at a lower level as a juvenile, INDESATCHEL has fully recovered from a back problem which troubled him during his two-year-old campaign.

And he has displayed impressive speed in his Group Three victories, notably when bolting up in the Tetrarch Stakes at the Curragh, slamming Emerald Cat and Elusive Double.

Last time, Indesatchel ran a tremendous race in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French 2,000 Guineas) at Longchamp, coming from well off the pace and out of a pocket on the rails to be beaten a head by enterprisingly-ridden Shamardal, which franked the form by winning the French Derby.

Having operated so well in soft and heavy ground, it's worrying that Indesatchel will be racing on a fast surface today.

But he has improved this season, should go on the ground at least once, having acted on it last season and might be capable of causing a shock.

Godolphin will run DUBAWI, and not Shamardal, in today's race. And the Boylesports Irish 2,000 Guineas winner will be a deserving favourite, although, like Indesatchel, he has shown a liking for some ease underfoot.

Beaten in the English Guineas, Dubawi impressed when beating Oratorio in the Irish equivalent before finishing a well-beaten third, when failing to get home, behind Motivator in the Vodafone Derby.

The Epsom race was less than two weeks ago. So we must take Dubawi's well-being on trust and, as I've never been a big fan of Kerrin McEvoy's mount, I'm happy to oppose him again today.

Wearing a visor for the first time, ORATORIO leads the Ballydoyle challenge.

But Kieren Fallon's mount must travel better through the race than in his outings this season if he's to be a force. The visor could help in this regard.

But it's hard to be enthusiastic about him while unbeaten stable-companion AD VALOREM is having his first run since winning the Middle Park and is unproven beyond six furlongs.

RAKTI, so impressive in the Lockinge at Newbury on his seasonal debut, is virtually impossible to oppose in the other Group One race on the card, the Queen Anne Stakes, in which there are no Irish-trained runners.

And tough Hong Kong sprinter CAPE OF GOOD HOPE, placed twice at this meeting at Ascot last year, is napped to win the King's Stand Stakes for Michael Kinane.

Aidan O'Brien mounts a two-pronged challenge for the opener, the Coventry 2-Y-0 Stakes. And course and distance winner MARCUS ANDRONICUS should figure prominently, although the form of his York win looks ordinary.


2.30: Marcus Andronicus

3.05: Cape Of Good Hope (Nap)

3.45: Indesatchel

4.20: Rakti

4.55: Leg Spinner

5.30: Genari


2.30: Coventry Stakes - Amigoni, Marcus Andronicus.

3.45: St. James's Palace Stakes - Ad Valorem, Indesatchel, Oratorio.

4.55: Ascot Stakes - Coconut Beach, Lowlander, Leg Spinner.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 14, 2005
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