15:35 Newmarket Thu 11 July 2019
Made all under an enterprising ride to "steal" the Jockey Club Cup on the Rowley Mile in May under today's pilot. Not found the scenario so conducive to such tactics since in Group company; rivals alive to his plans here, tough task under penalty.
Top-class handicapper who deserves a shot at this company having landed back-to-back 1m4f handicaps this year off marks of 100 plus. Took the King George V Stakes for the second consecutive year last time (just held on); work to do at the weights.
Smart performer whose last win saw him land the Group 1 Canadian International (1m4f) at Woodbine late last year. Beaten twice in Dubai before finishing well held in Prince of Wales's at Royal Ascot; not in the form to feature at the moment.
Injured after his winning Derby exploits last season, he was absent from the track until returning with an encouraging fifth (Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes). Stumbling badly at the start the rest of the race hardly went to plan either; major player.
Smart performer who started his season with a decisive Goodwood Listed victory before showing his mettle in a higher grade at Royal Ascot (Hardwicke Stakes). Third on that occasion he may find it hard to contain a race fit Masar this time around.
The only three-year-old; the Queen's Vase victor took his form up a level when landing that staying event beating a pair that run in the opener on the card. Well positioned in that event on ground (soft) that he enjoys; this will test him further.
Last Year's Winner
|8||Best Solution||4||9-6||6/1||Full Result|
|T: S bin SuroorJ: P Cosgrave|
Masar (5/6), Mirage Dancer (10/3), Baghdad (11/2), Dashing Willoughby (10/1), Communique (11/1), Desert Encounter (25/1)
- Mirage Dancer
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