A winner of the Listed King Richard III Stakes at Leicester in the spring, Emmaus was far from disgraced in the G3 Prix Quincey at Deauville last month, staying on nicely off a sedate early tempo, and he is set to face seven rivals in this £63,000 added prize.
Roger said: “The steady gallop didn’t suit Emmaus at Deauville, but he boxed on well and saw the trip out nicely. He has good form on testing ground and I think these conditions could prove his optimum. Hopefully the cheekpieces can eke out a little more as well.”
At Ascot, heritage handicap stalwarts Cape Byron and Spanish City will try to plunder a lucrative prize when they line-up in the 7f cavalry charge worth £50,000 to the winner.
Cape Byron is set to break from stall two under Andrea Atzeni, while Spanish City will be partnered by David Egan and he will jump from stall 12.
Roger said: “Cape Byron continues to run well in highly-competitive handicaps and these conditions will suit him well. The same comments apply to Spanish City, who has been a little unfortunate this year, although he wouldn’t want any rain.”
Last but by no means least, Sheikha Reika is set to return to the track in what appears a competitive renewal of the 1m fillies’ handicap, which is due off at 15:20.
Roger said: “Sheikha Reika split a pair of good fillies in conditions company at Leicester in the spring and she is able to race off an unchanged mark. She has trained nicely into this contest and I retain plenty of faith in her ability.”
The very best of luck to all connections.