15:35 Doncaster Fri 14 September 2018
Returned to form with a good second in a Group 2 at Longchamp but failed to back that up when down in class at Newbury last time. Capable at this level but hardly a consistent sort and others preferred.
Progressive throughout last year but has failed to land much of blow upped in class this campaign and this is tougher than his recent assignments.
Career best effort came in Listed company at Newmarket in July last year but he hasn't managed to win since, though has been highly tried. Produced a moderate effort in the Ebor last time out. May do better over this extreme trip.
Has placed in the last two renewals of the Melbourne Cup but his form since the latter of those efforts has dipped a little. Well beaten in the Lonsdale Cup last time and stable have stronger representatives.
Career best effort when winning a Group 3 at Naas at the end of 2017. Form has been in and out this season and particularly disappointing on his last two starts but a reproduction of his second placed effort at Royal Ascot should see him go close.
Course winner who got his head back in front in France before following up at Newmarket. Not seen to best effect in the Ebor last time but he's a bit less exposed than some in here and may bounce back if he sees this longer trip out.
US Grade 1 winner and three-time Group 2 winner (including this race in 2016). Losing run is mounting up and he's not straightforward, as seen on his last two runs, but a reproduction of his placed form at Meydan in March should see him go close.
Won the Ascot Stakes in 2017 before finishing runner-up in last year's renewal of this. Beaten short priced favourite back at Royal Ascot in June but not disgraced over a trip too short at the Curragh last time and obvious claims back up in trip.
Last Year's Winner
|6||Desert Skyline||3||8-5||2/1||Full Result|
|T: D R C ElsworthJ: S De Sousa|
Thomas Hobson (2/1), Saunter (10/3), Sheikhzayedroad (5/1), Max Dynamite (8/1), Algometer (8/1), Renneti (10/1), Lord Yeats (12/1), Jukebox Jive (33/1)
- Thomas Hobson
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