Queen Alexandra Stakes preview: Moore can end Royal Ascot with a bang on Max DynamitePublished on: June 21, 2019Author: David Metcalf
Max Dynamite looks to hold leading claims of providing Irish trainer Willie Mullins with a third winner of the 2m 5f Queen Alexandra Stakes that brings the curtain down on Royal Ascot 2019 on Saturday (17:35).
The Closutton-based handler saddled Simenon and Pique Sousto land the spoils in 2012 and 2015 respectively.
In Max Dynamite, he has a nine-year-old who has developed into a top class Flat stayer since finishing a fine fourth to stable companion Wicklow Brave in the County Hurdle at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival.
This son of Great Journey was very impressive when powering clear and beating Mizzou by 4 1/2 lengths in the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup at York back in 2016.
He then went down all guns blazing when a superb second of 24 to Prince Of Penzance in that year’s Melbourne Cup at Flemington.
Max Dynamite also ran well in last year’s Yorkshire Cup when fourth to champion stayer and dual Ascot Gold Cup winner Stradivarius.
The form of those races set a clear standard in this lower grade conditions contest.
An official rating of 110, meanwhile, gives Max Dynamite 4lb and upwards in hand on his 12 rivals.
It makes the mount of Ryan Moore the one they all have to beat and he looks a worthy market leader at 11/4 with Coral.
Cleonte holds solid claims
Cleonte is a course winner who has run well in both his starts this season, so is feared most.
This six-year-old son of Derby winner Sir Percy landed the Shergar Cup Stayers over 2m here last August when staying on strongly from off the pace to beat Stars Over The Sea by three-quarters of a length.
Cleonte backed that up with a cracking effort in the ultra-competitive Cesarewitch Handicap over 2m 2f at Newmarket when running on well to finish a never nearer 1 1/2 lengths third of 33 to Low Sun.
The form of those races read well in relation to this, as does his seasonal reappearance effort in the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes here.
After being held-up off the pace, he kept on nicely to be nearest at the finish and a four-length third of seven to Dee Ex Bee.
The winner has since run ran a blinder when runner-up to Stradivarius in the Group 1 Gold Cup here earlier in the week.
Cleonte was also far from disgraced last time out when sixth of 15 to Making Miracles in the Chester Cup. This is far less competitive than that contest or the Sagaro.
So, with champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa in the saddle, Cleonte look sure to go well and at 6/1 with William Hill could be a tad overpriced.
Coeur Blimey capable of outrunning odds
In a race which stamina is at a premium, winning hurdler Coeur Blimey looks capable of outrunning his odds and makes plenty of each-way appeal at the 20/1 on offer with BetVictor.
This Sue Gardner trained eight-year-old is a talented but quirky dual purpose performer who finished a fine six-length 11th of 23 to Ballyandy in the Champion Bumper at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival.
The son of Winged Love has won two of his four starts on the level and comes into the race on the back of a taking success in a seven-runner 2m2f handicap at Newbury.
Coeur Blimey stayed on strongly to beat Coeur De Lion by 2 3/4 lengths, and the runner-up ran very well here earlier in the week when fifth of 19 to The Grand Visir in the Ascot Stakes.
A repeat of that effort entitles Coeur Blimey go well in this. He finished a solid sixth of 16 to William Henry in last year’s Lanzarote Hurdle over 2m 5f trip, so there are no concerns as regards stamina.
David Probert, who gave him a peach of a ride last time out, is also once again in the saddle. Taking everything into account, it would be folly to underestimate the chances of Coeur Blimey.