14:15 Newmarket Sat 14 July 2018
Produced a career best effort to win the King's Stand last time and he gives the impression he will relish the step up to 6f. Fast ground in his favour again and he's run well here before without managing to get his head in front. Leading claims.
Group 1 winner in Deauville last year and has three wins on the Rowley Course to his name. Not at his best at the Curragh last time when slow out the stalls and usually finds a few too good at this level. Others preferred.
Won his first three starts and only narrowly touched off in the Wokingham last time out when giving his chance away by hanging in the closing stages. Has a bit to find to mix it at this level but less exposed than most at least.
Narrowly denied when dropped to Listed class at the Curragh last time out but looks vulnerable back at this level. Ensured a strong gallop for a stablemate in this last year and while he ran well in defeat, he may be performing similar duties here.
Won this in 2016 but has not been seen at his best since. Campaigned over a trip beyond his optimum so far this campaign and it would be no surprise to see him bounce back to some extent here, though this looks a stronger renewal than 2016.
Three-time Group 1 winner in Australia. Failed to run his race when behind some of these on UK debut in the Diamond Jubilee but no doubt he's better than that and he wouldn't be the first horse to run poorly straight off the plane. Better expected.
Group 3 winner (7f) here last time, a career best. The drop back in trip is no concern and his jockey rides this course well; while he needs to take his form to a new level, there's plenty of pace on and he will be doing his best work in the finish.
Group 2 winner at the Curragh last year and only beaten 1L by the subsequent Diamond Jubilee back at that course two starts back but that rival probably still needed the run. Well beaten at Royal Ascot last time and more needed.
Produced a big effort when runner-up in a Group 3 on his return and took his form to a new level when winning the Commonwealth Cup last time, despite hanging in the closing stages. Unexposed but perhaps a little vulnerable against the older horses.
All three wins have come at the Curragh, including last time when narrowly getting the better of stablemate Intelligence Cross. More needed back at this level but did run a big race in the Middle Park Stakes on the Rowley Course as a juvenile.
Group 2 winner as a juvenile and only narrowly denied in the Commonwealth Cup by Eqtidaar last time. Up against it here against the older age groups though and while still progressing, looks vulnerable for win purposes.
Group 1 winner at the Curragh as a juvenile and landed a Group 3 at Naas in May. Runs either side of that have been below par though and well beaten in the Commonwealth Cup last time out. Has a bit to prove at present.
Dual Group 1 winner as a juvenile. Things haven't panned out for him so far this year campaigned over 1m but he's produced his career best efforts here (on Rowley Course) and can't be dismissed with the step back in trip likely to suit.
Last Year's Winner
|6||Harry Angel||3||9-0||9/2||Full Result|
|T: C G CoxJ: A Kirby|
Blue Point (5/2), Dreamfield (6/1), Sands Of Mali (7/1), U S Navy Flag (8/1), Eqtidaar (8/1), Limato (8/1), Redkirk Warrior (11/1), Brando (14/1), Sir Dancealot (16/1), Sioux Nation (18/1), Invincible Army (25/1), Spirit of Valor (33/1), Fleet Review (50/1), Intelligence Cross (66/1)
- Blue Point
- Redkirk Warrior
- U S Navy Flag
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