Royal Ascot 2015: Jersey Stakes preview (14.30)
Trainer Aidan O’Brien has a good record in the Jersey Stakes, and his Sir Isaac Newton looks decent value to turn over the red-hot favourite Ivawood in this year’s renewal of the 7f Group 3 contest that opens day two of Royal Ascot.
The Ballydoyle handler has saddled the winner of two of the last three runnings, and won the race three times in all.
Sir Isaac Newton fetched £3.6m as a yearling and, although turned-over at odds-on on his sole start as a juvenile in a 7f contest at Leopardstown shaped with bags of promise.
The beautifully bred son of Galileo was going best of the 11-runner field two from home, and looked all over the winner when being produced to lead inside the final furlong until getting headed close home and beaten 1/2 a length by Zawraq.
The pair pulled seven lengths clear of the third, and the winner is a very smart sort trained by Dermot Weld who has since gone on to land a Listed contest in terrific style by 3 1/2 lengths.
Sir Isaac Newton was then surprisingly beaten at odds-on in a 1m 2f maiden on his seasonal reappearance at Chester when beaten 3/4 of a length by Cymro, but the soft ground was against him and he didn’t seem to handle the tight turns of the Roodee.
That was also Sir Isaac Newton’s first run for 192 days, and he showed the benefit of the outing when easily opening his account by 3 1/4 lengths at Gowran Park last time out when dropped back to 7f.
Sir Isaac Newton still showed signs of inexperience, but quickened well to get the job done with plenty in hand and the runner-up has since come out and scored easily to give the form a boost.
It was an effort which suggested Sir Isaac Newton could yet justify the lofty regard in which he is held and, with Ryan Moore in the saddle, a massive run looks in the cards.
Ivawood brings the strongest form into the contest, and is the obvious one to beat now dropped in class.
The Richard Hannon trained colt was a very smart juvenile, and ran a cracker on his second start as a three-year-old when a three length third of 18 to Gleneagles in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.
Ivawood then got closer to Gleneagles when a 1 1/4 length third in the Irish equivalent, leading and being clear two from home before weakening late on.
That run suggested a drop back to 7f would be ideal, and the son of Zebedee looks sure to make a bold bid to try and make all in the hands of champion jockey Richard Hughes.
Coral betting tip: Sir Isaac Newton can deny Ivawood and land the spoils here.