Frontiersman and Johannes Vermeer are among 10 possible
runners for the Group Two Princess of Wales's Arqana Racing Club Stakes at Newmarket next Thursday. The
former, trained by Charlie Appleby, was last seen finishing second in the
Coronation Cup at Epsom but did not run in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot (I
was going to tip him) due to a bad scope. Appleby could also saddle Hawkbill, who would be dropping down in
class after having predominantly raced at the top level in recent times. Johannes
Vermeer landed a Group Three at the Curragh on his most recent outing last
Sunday and is trained by Aidan O'Brien, who has never won the Group Two over a
mile and a half.
The well-regarded Poet's Word has
been absent since he finished a close second in the Huxley Stakes at Chester in May, but is in
contention for the Sir Michael Stoute team. John Gosden has confirmed Muntahaa, Western Hymn and Wings Of
Desire, who were all unplaced behind Idaho
in the Hardwicke. David Simcock could be double-handed with Algometer and Desert Encounter, while Saeed bin Suroor has given Tamleek the option.