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Man On The Spot previews the first day of Newmarket's July Festival with Ryan Moore fancied to ride a double.
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The front-running Odeon's run behind The Grey Gatsby in the Dante was a fine effort but he was quickly done with in the King Edward VII Stakes so it's a surprise to see him over this even longer trip. Bunker finished fifth in that Royal Ascot event but he's another who didn't look as though he stayed. The latter's stablemate Windshear has no problems with the distance having finished a close second to Elite Army in the King George V Handicap at the Royal meeting while Vent De Force has won twice over 1m6f, though both times on soft ground. The Queens Vase winner Hartnell had earlier finished runner-up in Lingfield's Derby Trial over 1m3f so today's trip may well be his optimum but the vote goes to FOREVER NOW, who can take this step up in grade in his stride after a very impressive victory at Doncaster last month.
The Hannon yard has won three of the last four and is doubly represented here. Dougal easily landed a Brighton maiden before sharing the spoils with Justice Good here in May and the winner has done the form no harm subsequently. IVAWOOD started odds-on for his racecourse debut at Sandown and those who supported him were never in danger of losing their money. He was very impressive and the runner-up has scored since so the form looks strong enough for this. The Great War went to Royal Ascot as an odds-on chance for the Norfolk Stakes but didn't pick up when asked. He may do better over this extra furlong but will need to in this company and there's no reason to believe he'll reverse form with runner-up Mind Of Madness, whose trainer won this in 2011. Jungle Cat ran a superb race behind The Wow Signal in the Coventry Stakes and has the beating of Angelic Lord on that run while Mubtaghaa was staying on strongly at the finish of the Windsor Castle Stakes so today's longer trip is definitely in his favour. Belardo is obviously well regarded as he was an odds-on chance for his debut at Yarmouth and produced an impressive display.
Sir Michael Stoute has won this five times in the past 10 years and looks to have a strong chance of continuing the sequence. ARAB SPRING has progressed with every run and deserves his chance in this grade after completing a four-timer when carrying a huge weight in Ascot's Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap. He's taking on much better opposition here and will need to improve again but should do so and a five-timer beckons. His stablemate Hillstar is a regular at this sort of level but hasn't won since landing the King Edward VII Stakes last June. He would have finished closer to another stable companion, Telescope, in the Hardwicke Stakes but for failing to get a clear run and it will be a surprise if he's not involved in the finish. Pether's Moon was just behind in third in that latter event having had every chance while Dandino was a further six lengths behind, though that was his first start since a fine run in the Melbourne Cup and it should have brought him on for this. Gatewood beat Pether's Moon at Ascot in May but his best form is at Listed level while Cavalryman only finished third in this a year ago and is better over further.
What About Carlo took the step up to this trip at Epsom on Derby Day in his stride and comfortably landed a very strong handicap. He has another 7lb this time in an equally tough race and that may just prove too much. Mark Johnston has a good record in the race and is represented by Insaany, the winner of three of his last four including over the course and distance last time, and Torchlighter, up 6lb for his victory in a lower grade handicap at Windsor. Richard Fahey is another doubly represented and Our Gabrial could prove the best of them as he put a couple of poor runs when starting slowly behind him to make most at Chester. Mange All had nothing to beat at Beverley but it was a nice exercise gallop though this can go to MOUNT LOGAN, who reappeared with an emphatic victory in a Goodwood handicap - a 10lb rise may not stop his progress.
Charles Hills won this last year with Qawaasem, whose half-sister Taqneyya may prove best of his pair today. Godolphin's newcomer Umniyah is closely related to eight winners so should be kept on the right side but experience may count here and there are several who have already shown the form to claim the spoils. Dubai Breeze stayed on very nicely at Newbury and will be winning soon but it's EXCEEDINGLY who gets the vote after showing good pace and keeping on when making her debut here last month with East Coast Lady a close third. Osaila only faded in the closing stages in the Albany Stakes and will improve as will Sulaalaat, who caught the eye in no uncertain manner at Lingfield where she was forced to race wide. The expensive War Alert started a short-priced favourite for her Windsor debut but never really looked like winning and is expected to do much better.
Pretzel made a successful debut on soft ground here in October and returned to winning form in an Ayr handicap on fast ground. He deserves a crack at this higher grade and has more scope than most. Coulsty followed a victory over 7f here with a fair effort in the Jersey Stakes though WINDFAST, who had finished behind him in that earlier run, reversed the form and can come out on top here. Parbold, who finished in the bunch in that event, steps up to this trip for the first time and should be suited as he was staying on at the finish. Table Rock landed a tough handicap at the Curragh and, though this is stronger, he has the scope to make his presence felt as has Zarwaan, who would have finished much closer in the Britannia Stakes but for being impeded at a crucial stage.
This hasn't been a good race for favourites but some big weights have been carried to victory in recent years so don't rule out Oh So Sassy despite her victories coming on Polytrack. Her trainer also runs Pearl Blue, who could do with plenty of rain. DOCTOR PARKES is very well handicapped on last season's form and looks ready to regain the winning thread after a good run at Sandown where he finished strongest of all from a poor draw. Harrogate Fair completed a double in testing conditions in May but has won three races on Polytrack so the ground may not play a big part. Lupo D'Oro's form figures don't make good reading but there have been legitimate excuses on his last two starts and he's dropped to a mark he's capable of winning from.