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Flat Eyecatchers For May

During May we are treated to a plethora of top quality flat action with multiple Group One contests taking place during the festive month.  In this section we picked out the ones that have been ultra-impressive and could be worth following for Royal Ascot or the Classics.


Already touted as a potential Epsom Derby candidate before the 2000 Guineas, Camelot showed why he could be the Classic star of the season and a potential Triple Crown winner as he stormed to success at Newmarket to land the Guineas, at a trip that is certainly not ideal.

Kept out the back by Joseph O'Brien, the son of Montjeu showed tremendous late pace to reel in some classy performers and he will now head to the Epsom Derby as the one to beat and could be a potential superstar.

Homecoming Queen

Not regarded as the Ballydoyle first string for the 1000 Guineas, Ryan Moore's ride on board Homecoming Queen was simply majestic, as the former champion jockey sent his filly to the front and she wasn't for catching as she stormed to a nine length success to land the Classic.

She possesses a terrific turn of pace and if the stamina is there as well, she will certainly be a major player in the Epsom Oaks betting and looks another potential Ballydoyle superstar to stay on the right side of.

The Fugue

An exciting win in the Musidora Stakes has really propelled The Fugue into the Oaks reckoning and she could well be one of the leading contenders to take on Aidan O'Brien's strong battalion and she will have a terrific chance on June 1 of landing the Classic.

She travelled like a dream for William Buick and then showed a tremendous turn of foot to pull clear in the closing stages and shaped like the 1m 4f distance of the Oaks should suit.


Having his first start of the season, Bonfire just managed to fend off the race-fit Ektihaam to land the Dante Stakes at York and Andrew Balding's star colt could be a potential match for Camelot when the pair lock horns in the Epsom Derby on June 2.

He travelled smoothly and duly picked up for Jimmy Fortune's urgings and if he can handle the undulations of the idiosyncratic Epsom Downs course then could well put a potential shock into the Ballydoyle camp and the odds-on Camelot.

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