Concierge has been shaping well since joining David Loughnane’s yard, hitting the frame in three of his first four starts for his new stable, and duly proved that he had been building up to a big race when putting his rivals to the sword over this course and distance last month.
With Silvestre De Sousa in the saddle, he attracted plenty of support prior to the off, and repaid his backers with a stylish career best performance to win for the third time in four races when the Brazilian jockey has taken the reins. His revised mark doesn’t look a stiff one and, with another good showing expected, there is plenty to like about his chances of going in again.
Urban Icon showed some smart form last season, finding a bit of improvement to run really well in the Surrey Stakes at Epsom in May, before essentially supporting that improvement when fourth in the Jersey Stakes at Ascot the following month.
He was unable to confirm superiority over Dukes Of Hazzard and Momkin (both of whom he finished ahead of at Ascot), when third in a Newmarket listed race in July, but still ran creditably that day. He makes his tapeta debut here following eight months off, and there is a suspicion that he may have more to offer as a four-year-old, so he is taken to make the most of his rail draw and get off the mark for the season at the first time of asking.
Rathbone added to his good record when fresh with a runner-up finish at Newcastle in January, running well on his first attempt on an artificial surface, and proved at least as good as ever when again finding only one too good at the same venue last month.
He is still unexposed on the all-weather and may have more to offer now stepped up further in trip, so he looks worth a play at an enticing each-way price.