Run on the grass over a mile it is a race that was first run in 2007, and has this year been upgraded to Grade 1 status.
Europeans have fared well in this race, and in particular John Gosden who has saddled two winners from four renewals in the race; sadly he hasn’t got any entries this time round.
The American’s this year appear to rely on either State Of Play or Finale, but neither have done what the UK trained horses have done on speed figures this year. State Of Play is far too short at the price he is judging by his figures, and I’d rather have Finale over him but with that said it doesn’t look good enough to compete with the European horses.
The best chance America have of winning this race looks to lie with Majestic City who comes into this race off the back of a few good Beyer figures on dirt. His sire City Zip wins with approximately 16% with his turf starters, but I can’t help feel this colt has been handed quite a task facing a field of this calibre, going a mile for the first time on turf.
Wrote comes into this race off the back of a third-placed effort to Daddy Long Legs in the Royal Lodge (G2) at Newmarket last time. He had previously clocked a good speed figure when winning a handicap off a official rating of 88, and wasn’t in the right place at Newmarket last time, on a day where front-running up the far rail proved prevalent to winning results. He gets the lasix for the first time and the assistance of Ryan Moore and looks set to play a hand in the finish, but quite whether he has the class to win this race remains to be seen.
Caspar Netscher comes into this race off the back of an unlucky effort in the Middle Park at Newmarket when given a pathetic ride by Robert Winston. He lost ground at the start and ended up last behind a wall of horses, bobbing and weaving in and out like Lionel Messi does for Barcelona before finally getting a run and powering home to be beaten a length. He gets the assistance of Kieren Fallon who won on him at Newbury in the Mill Reef and if he can stay the trip and run a turn, he looks set to go close. A notable stat (according to Nick Mordin) is that Caspar Netscher would of been unbeaten on tracks without steep gradients had he not run into trouble at Newmarket and he remains on the shortlist.
Finally my selection FARRAAJ; who is bred to improve with age, ran second last time out in the Somerville Tattersall’s Stakes at Newmarket where the third finished second in the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy next time out, and the fourth-placed Crusade won the Group 1 Middle Park on his next start. That form looks absolutely rock solid and this son of Dubai Destination has proven his ability to run round a turn judging by his performance at Warwick earlier in his career and gets the added bonus of lasix for the first time.