In The Notebook: Our additions after Dante and Lockinge week

Who impressed us this week and could be worth keeping an eye on for Royal Ascot.

Wahash (Second in a handicap at Doncaster on Saturday)

A nicely bred Al Shaqab three-year-old who was narrowly beaten when stepped down in trip to seven furlongs. He has been running below par in his recent starts, but was back his best last week. The form of that race is reasonably strong, and he should win off a similar mark soon enough.

Our Man In Havana (Sixth in a Novice auction event at Doncaster on Saturday)

One we tipped in epic day of winners who didn’t quite perform to expectations. He got stuck for room in the race, and struggled to pick up afterwards. He did however get going later on in the race and finished pretty well. He should win at this level in his next few starts.

Denaar (Won a conditions stakes at Newbury on Saturday)

Another Al Shaqab prospect who caught our eye this week. This exciting two-year-old was an easy winner on Lockinge Day at Newbury and looks set for a Royal Ascot date. He ran a good race before unleashing a nice turn of foot to put the race to bed, he’s improving quickly and should be featuring in big races throughout the summer.

Benbatl (Second in the Dante at York on Thursday)

This Godolphin three-year-old ran an excellent race in the Dante, and is still improving throughout his outings. He wasn’t too far away and has to play a good role wherever he may turn up for Saeed Bin Suroor. It’s most likely we will see him in the Derby or French Derby.

Tajaanus (Winner of a maiden at Newmarket on Saturday)

An excellently bred two-year-old who ran a stormer to win on debut. He was very impressive in this half-a-length success but was quite green early on in the race, he will become more mature from the outing and can be expected to run in top races throughout the year.


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