The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Challenge takes on an international flair Saturday with the running of the Group 2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings at Ascot. The Royal Lodge is a “Win And You Are In” race and the winner will stamp his ticket to compete at Santa Anita November 7.
A field of eleven will go to post in the one mile stakes.
In his video analysis of the race, Racing Post’s Mark Winstanley likes long shot High Twelve who recently broke his maiden with an impressive win at Sandown last out and noted that it will be “High Noon” for the bookies when High Twevle wins the Royal Lodge.
From a pedigree perspective, a horse that I am interested in is Godolphin’s Frozen Power (Oasis Dream-Musical Treat by Royal Academy).
Pedigree authority Jack Werk has recently blogged how Oasis Dream and, most notably, his sire line of Green Desert (by Danzig) is red hot in Europe. The outstanding Sea The Stars hails from that line via Cape Cross.
For the season, Oasis Dream has 18 SWs and three G1 winners. His 2-year-old Arcano upset favored Canford Cliffs to win the Group 1 Darley Prix Morny at Deauville last month and depending on which book you refer to he’s favored in the Stanjames.com 2,000 Guineas.
Frozen Power comes into the Royal Lodge with three wins in four starts and gets the services of Frankie Dettori.
In the upcoming months, I’ll be keeping watch on how well the Oasis Dream 2-year-olds perform. Though a ways off, I’ll be looking here in the states for the debut of colts from the Danzig sire line Graded Stakes Champion Hard Spun and Classic Champion Thoroughbred Big Brown.