Aidan O’Brien and Johnny Murtagh were in fearful form on day one of Royal Ascot and bookmakers are expecting the pair to hit their satchels hard again.
The duo, who teamed up to land the Queen Anne and St James’s Palace with Haradasun and Henrythenavigator yesterday, will combine with Duke Of Marmalade in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.
Chasing a hat-trick of Group One wins after landing the Prix Ganay and Tattersalls Gold Cup this term, the four-year-old is as short as 11-8 with Boylesports for the showpiece event.
Duke Of Marmalade is widely available at 6-4, with Paddy Power and Sporting Bet going out on a limb by offering 13-8.
Next in the list is Phoenix Tower, who lost little in defeat when a close second behind Creachadoir in the Lockinge last month.
He steps up in trip to ten furlongs for the first time but connections are expecting improvement for the greater test of stamina.
Trainer Henry Cecil said: “He’s very well, he’ll really like this faster ground and he must have a great chance. They went no gallop in the Lockinge last time and he’s a real ten-furlong horse.”
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, added: “He’s up to a mile and a quarter, but he’s got the pedigree for it and he’s come out of the Juddmonte Lockinge really well.
“It’s a good, competitive race, but he’s only been beaten once in his life so we’re hopeful for him.”
Pressing could finish only fifth in 2007 but went on to strike at the highest level later in the year.
Although he cut little ice 12 months ago, he bumped into some top-class opponents on that occasion as Manduro, Dylan Thomas and Notnowcato filled the first three places.
“Last year’s race was probably one of the best races of the year,” said trainer Michael Jarvis.
“He didn’t run a bad race and I hadn’t had him all that long so I was very much on a learning curve with him.”