15:35 Doncaster Sat 14 September 2019
Beat Barbados by ½L (Nayef Road third) when taking the Group 2 Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot (1m6f, soft), and ran as well as could be expected when fifth in the Group 1 Goodwood Cup (2m) latest; appears well held by Sir Dragonet on Chester Vase form.
Last of the O'Brien quintet in the Irish Derby but short of experience there (as a Leopardstown maiden winner); has kicked on positively since displaying stamina in spades; career best when third to Stradivarius at York latest (Group 2 Lonsdale).
Unbeaten in four starts, progressing through maiden, novice, handicap and pattern company; looked a real stout stayer when comfortably disposing of Constantinople in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York (1m4f, good); a date with destiny awaits?
All out to bravely fend off Constantinople in the Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Goodwood (1m4f, good); an earlier form line with Dashing Willoughby (Queen's Vase) can feasibly be reversed yet faces a tough task against Great Voltigeur conqueror Logician.
Thrashed Dashing Willoughby (third) when an impressive winner of the Chester Vase (1m4½f, soft); fifth in the Derby subsequently (better than the bare result) and possibly needed the run at The Curragh latest; slight stamina and ground concerns.
Prominent-racer; the only blip in a near perfect season (five wins) came in the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot (1m4f, good to soft); 2-2 over 1m6f, taking the step up into a Group 2 (March Stakes) in his stride at Goodwood.
Finished behind (sixth) Nayef Road in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood, but determined in battle when subsequently taking the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury (1m5½f, soft); reportedly has missed some "minor bugs" within his yard; ground?
Winner of a Listed contest (Yeats Stakes) at Navan (1m5f, good to firm); well beaten in three subsequent starts, including behind Dashing Willoughby in the Grp 2 Queen's Vase; is wearing first-time cheekpieces and arrives fresh off a 62-day absence.
Last Year's Winner
|8||Kew Gardens||3||9-1||3/1||Full Result|
|T: A P O'BrienJ: R L Moore|
Logician (5/6), Sir Dragonet (11/4), Sir Ron Priestley (7/1), Il Paradiso (8/1), Dashing Willoughby (14/1), Technician (20/1), Nayef Road (40/1), Western Australia (50/1)
- Sir Dragonet
- Il Paradiso
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