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Emulous camp optimistic about Windsor Forest prospects

Confidence is high amongst the Dermot Weld camp that his smart performer Emulous can register a Betfair Royal Ascot victory on June 20 when she tackles the Group 2 Windsor Forest Stakes over the straight mile in a contest restricted to fillies and mares.

A winner in Group 1 company last term when ending the 2011 campaign with a memorable success over Together in the Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes at Leopardstown, Emulous has the benefit of not being penalised for her big win under the conditions of the Ascot contest

It’s a fact that Weld and jockey Pat Smullen believe could prove the difference between victory and defeat.

With only Roger Varian’s Nahrain rated higher than Emulous on official BHA figures, the daughter of Dansili has a clear chance and has already proven her wellbeing this campaign with a pleasing victory over a mile at the Curragh at the end of May.

She accounted for One Spirit in the Group 3 TRI Equestrian Stakes, staying on powerfully inside the final furlong to justify odds of 4/5 to win by a length and three-quarters.

The winner of seven of her eleven career starts has form on most ground, but most Betfair horse racing punters reckon she is best suited by a decent surface.

Cnnections will be hoping the heavy rain that has eased the ground at Ascot in recent days peters out and that better conditions come along to help dry out the turf and provide ideal fair for all concerned.

Smullen certainly believes he has a serious chance of lifting the coveted prize, suggesting that Emulous had been toying with her rivals at the Curragh and is definitely a better performer now than at the end of last term when she landed her biggest success.

“She seems to be getting better as she gets older. Right now you’d have to be pleased with the way she is”, Smullen told reporters. 

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