Horses To Follow - Seven beaten horses to track after Royal Ascot
- We've taken a look back through the results of Royal Ascot 2021
- Here are the names of seven beaten horses to add to your tracker
- Art Power, Snow Lantern and Maximal feature in our list
- Dig Two and Cadamosto were the two-year-olds who caught our eye
Art Power (right) stays on for third behind Dream Of Dreams in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. (Getty)
Royal Ascot came to a close on Saturday and, despite a dramatic change in the ground for the last two days, viewers enjoyed a fantastic week of racing. Love, Subjectivist and Palace Pier may have stolen the headlines, but there were plenty of horses who impressed in defeat during the meeting too.
Here are seven horses who tasted defeat at Royal Ascot, but proved they were worth tracking during the rest of the season.
Horses To Follow After Royal Ascot
Poetic Flare ran out of a magnificent winner of the St James's Palace Stakes on day one. One who really caught my eye in behind was MAXIMAL, who dropped back down to a mile after narrow losses to Hurricane Lane and El Drama over ten furlongs.
Sir Michael Stoute's mount broke well, but was pulled back towards the rear by Colin Keane. As the field turned for home, Keane angled his strong travelling mount out to challenge. Maximal couldn't quite find that extra gear he needed to catch Poetic Flare, and finished just half-a-length behind Lucky Vega and Battleground in fourth.
Despite only winning once in seven starts, it's clear that Maximal has bundles of talent. Stoute has his three-year-old entered in the Sussex Stakes and the Irish Champion Stakes. The Juddmonte International is an options too, while the York Stakes or Celebration Mile could become targets if Maximal is dropped back into Group Two level.
John Gosden threw STOWELL into the Group Two Queen's Vase on day two, despite his three-year-old only having two career runs under his belt. Frankie's mount was detached out the back early on, and began to over-race markedly when Dettori asked him to latch onto the pack.
As Kemari set off for home, Stowell was forced to mount his challenge wide down the centre of the track. Yet, despite a troubled passage and signs of immaturity, Gosden will have been delighted to see his colt stay on strongly and finish a creditable third.
Having seen out the St Leger trip well, I'm sure the Gosden's will start working backwards from the final Classic of the season. Stowell's path to the Leger could see him take in the Gordon Stakes, the Great Voltigeur, or even the March Stakes, which is run over the St Leger trip at Goodwood in late August.
While the Ascot draw bias favoured the stand's rail throughout the week, the final two races on day two were dominated by those drawn low. Chipotle picked up gamely to win the Windsor Castle Stakes from stall one, beating the fast-finishing DIG TWO into second.
Hugo Palmer's colt looked in danger of getting outpaced at the half-way stage that day, before rattling home to finish second on the slowest part of the track. On the back of that fine effort, I expect Dig Two will be pointed at races like the July Stakes, Mill Reef and Gimcrack Stakes during the summer, before a potential crack at the Middle Park Stakes to round off his juvenile campaign.
CADAMOSTO may have been the beaten favourite in Thursday's Norfolk Stakes, but Aidan O'Brien will have been delighted with his colt's performance. This son of No Nay Never had run just once prior to Ascot, having been withdrawn six times due to either the ground, being off his feed or having a temperature.
Ryan Moore had to roust his mount along throughout that five furlong sprint, following a fairly sluggish start. Cadamosto rose to the challenge on the inside rail, rallying gamely in the closing stages to finish less than a length behind the winner.
Like Dig Two, I expect Cadamosto will be stepped up beyond the minimum distance as the season progresses. Races like the Railway Stakes and Phoenix Stakes will be on this talented colt's radar. As could important Group Ones like the National and Dewhurst Stakes, for a horse who could be a 2022 2000 Guineas contender.
Perotto came through late on to win the Britannia on day three, having found himself out the back early on. LIFFEY RIVER was still last with three furlongs to travel, and attempted to follow the winner through. Whereas Perotto found a fairly smooth path to the post, Shane Crosse was forced to weave his way in and out of traffic and was still only beaten half-a-length in second.
Joseph O'Brien has his colt entered in Saturday's Irish Derby, but I'd be surprised if he was stepped up to a mile-and-a-half so quickly. O'Brien could target ten furlong races like the Meld Stakes and the Royal Whip - Group Three's he's won recently with Buckhurst and Patrick Sarsfield. If this full brother to Lope Y Fernandez impresses in those Group Threes, the Irish Champion Stakes comes into consideration. If not, the Cambridgeshire could be ideal for Liffey River.
Alcohol Free proved she stayed a mile by claiming victory in a red-hot Coronation Stakes. As Oisin Murphy punched the air in celebration, SNOW LANTERN stayed on past two Classic winners to finish a highly-creditable second.
Richard Hannon's filly pulled her chance away in the Michael Seely last time out. Snow Lantern was keen again in the early stages but, despite those antics, Sean Levey was still swinging away with two furlongs to travel, only to run into the back of Novemba and Pretty Gorgeous which checked her charge at a crucial stage.
I'm sure it'll be the Falmouth Stakes next for Snow Lantern. Hannon has also handed his budding stable star an entry against the colts in the Sussex Stakes. In the autumn, the Sun Chariot and Matron Stakes will be considered, as will the Breeders' Cup Filly And Mare Turf, if Hannon decides to stretch his star out over a mile-and-a-quarter.
No-one could begrudge Dream Of Dreams his victory in the Diamond Jubilee, having hit the crossbar the previous two years. I was on ART POWER, who was beaten into third but proved again that a maiden Group One win is surely just around the corner.
Tim Easterby's sprinter made the running on his own down the centre, flashing tons of early pace as he broke away from his group. Art Power was reeled in eventually by the fast-finishing Dream Of Dreams and Glen Shiel, but it was still a cracking effort to finish third, especially when the second-highest finisher on his side of the track only came seventh.
The July Cup will be next for Art Power. A clear liking for softer ground would make the Sprint Cup and Champions Day look much more winnable targets, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see Easterby drop his top sprinter back to five furlongs head for the Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh and the Abbaye on Prix de l'Arc De Triomphe day.