Last week was the relative calm before the storm in the Tote Ten To Follow, with just a handful of horses winning points for their stables.
Ahead of a bumper five days at Royal Ascot boasting six bonus races, it was Sir Michael Stoute’s Highest Ground who got the first points on the board last week.
Representing 0.3% of stables the one-time Derby fancy and Dante runner-up put a couple of disappointing runs behind him to land a Conditions event at Leicester on Monday for 13 points.
Another horse who one time harboured Classic ambitions to get her head in front is Seattle Rock.
Sylvester Kirk’s filly found the 1000 Guineas too tough this season but duly dispatched an inexperienced field at Newbury on Thursday, bagging 14.2 points for 0.2% of stables.
We had to wait until Sunday for the biggest scorer of the week as Line Of Departure took the Listed Cathedral Stakes at Salisbury.
Returning a Tote dividend of £9.60, Roger Varian’s colt scored 25.5 points for just six stables.
Also on Sunday, Parchemin provided the sole overseas winner of the week, scoring a second Listed success of his career at Paris Longchamp for 15.1 points for 0.1% of stables.
A pair of York scorers round out the week’s winners. Former Jersey Stakes winner Space Traveler put a poor reappearance behind him to take the Ganton Stakes on Friday to score 15.1 points for four stables.
A day later, it was Roberto Escobarr’s turn to score the Listed points, winning the Grand Cup Stakes for William Haggas. Representing 0.2% of stables, the son of Galileo landed 14.2 points for his success.
When is the next bonus race?
Kicking off on Tuesday, Royal Ascot is the scene of six all-important bonus races, the first of which coming on day one in the form of the Queen Anne Stakes.
With 78% of all stables including hot-favourite Palace Pier, he’ll be a popular winner if bagging a fourth Group 1 of his career.
Poetic Flare - 85.8
Adayar - 74.5
Mother Earth - 62.3
Palace Pier - 27.32
Al Aasy - 19.1
Lucky Vega - 3.55
Statement - 1.25
Battleground - 0
Love - 0
Santa Barbara - 0