Richard Hannons (Senior or Junior) have won four of the last ten renewals of this race and Kevin Ryan two, though as he doesn’t have any entries we had better start with the master of Herridge Stables who has a couple in here, though we will rely on Legendary Lunch (25/1). A son of Dragon Pulse, he has already won two races this season over five and six furlongs at Windsor and Epsom as well as well as finishing four lengths sixth to Prince Of Lir at Royal Ascot in the Norfolk Stakes. Last time out he was a disappointing seventh in the Listed Rose Bowl Stakes at Newbury but that was on much faster ground and we note that his wins were both on going with plenty of juice in it. A fast run five this afternoon could be right up his street and as things stand he deserves his place on our race preview and seems sure to run well.
Although we don’t like to disagree with the official handicappers we do think The Last Lion (11/2) could be a few pounds better than his official mark. The son of Choisir is admirably consistent with three wins three seconds and two thirds in his eight career starts which cannot be seen as a bad thing. Last time out he headed south to Kempton to win the Group Three Sirenia Stakes by an easy four lengths and although he was beaten by Yalta at Goodwood and has three lengths to find on that form, he looks to be improving rapidly and we think he can spring a bit of a surprise today.
As mentioned above, on official ratings this is all about Mark Johnston’s Yalta (4/1) who is rated 111, a full seven pounds clear of the rest of the field. A son of the brilliant Exceed And Excel he won his first two races at Goodwood and Pontefract over six furlongs as well as the Group Three Molecomb Stakes over this trip at Glorious Goodwood but flopped last time out when last of nineteen against his elders in the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes when receiving lumps of weight which has to be a worry. Softer going is also a bit of a worry as his only race on it saw him finish eighth of eighteen to Caravaggio at Royal Ascot, but good ground should be perfect and he ought to put in a bold attempt at securing this valuable prize.
As we have written a few times this season Hugo Palmer can do little wrong this season and he has Afandem (6/1) in here as the son of Vale of York looks for his fifth race of the season. last time out he was sent over to Chantilly for the Group Three Prix D’Arenberg where he quickened nicely to win first prize a shade cosily and although this is another step up in class he seems to be improving and could yet get involved in the finish.
Lastly we suggest the possibility of a decent run from Tis Marvellous (3/1) for Clive Cox and Adam Kirby even though he finished stone cold last in France last month. Second on his debut at Newbury, he soon improved from that with wins at Windsor (in a maiden) and Maisons-Lafitte (in the Group Two Prix Robert Papin) before stepping up and trying to take on Lady Aurelia at Deauville. Trying to take on Wesley Ward’s flying filly from the off was clearly a mistake and he faded in to last, but was beaten less than four lengths at the line and can surely be forgiven that run. If that is the case he has a decent enough chance here, though he will want a fast early pace with all his form over further than the minimum trip.