Matthew Flinders built on his eye-catching debut to open his account with little fuss at this venue in June, and he improved further when runner-up at York the following month, just unable to live with the exiting winner’s late surge. He then ran well on his handicap debut at Sandown, edging right and only beaten in the dying strides, finishing third but demoted to fourth. He remains with potential and makes plenty of appeal, with an expected even pace likely to play into his hands.
Chindit looked a good prospect in making a winning start over this course and distance in July, justifying strong market support, and he duly showed considerable improvement to follow up at Ascot subsequently, winning readily after quickening to lead inside the final furlong, showing a useful level of form. That is proving strong form, and with more to come, he boasts excellent claims on his first attempt at pattern level.
A Momentofmadness has finished first and second in the last two runnings of this race, and he can go at this year’s renewal from lower in the weights than he was on either of those occasions. He has taken a while to get going this term, but he did look to be coming to the boil when third at Goodwood last time, and it would be folly to dismiss him in a race that clearly plays to his strengths.
The Criterion Stakes panned out perfectly for Limato on his return to action in June, but he still ran to the highest level he’s reached since probably the 2017 Challenge Stakes, quickening to lead well inside the final furlong and going clear soon after. He is clearly still very smart despite his advancing years, and considering he won this race back in 2015, he looks the way to go.
Considering Hukum only made his debut last September, he coped remarkably well with the demands of the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot on his return to action, finding a chunk of improvement to make a winning handicap debut, well positioned in a messy race but deserving credit given he understandably looked a bit raw. He then made a successful switch to pattern company when landing the Geoffrey Freer at Newbury last month, producing a performance that marked him out as a Group 1 performer. The way he finished at Newbury suggests this step up in trip will suit, and there is every chance we still have not seen the best of him yet.
Bred in the purple – a Galileo colt whose dam is from the family of Oaks winner Reams Of Verse – and with a price tag to match (500,000 guineas as a yearling), Lone Eagle made a sufficiently promising start to his career when second at Sandown last month, pushing the winner hard late on. He didn’t need to improve on that form to get off the mark at Goodwood last time, just doing what was needed, and with improvement anticipated, he ought to prove very competitive from his opening mark.
Al Muffrih stepped up plenty on his comeback run when third at York in July, getting away from the field early and sustaining fast fractions, just failing after potentially doing too much too soon. He showed he was clearly none the worse for those exertions when narrowly beaten at Ripon last time, unlucky not to have won given he was being leant on by Spanish Archer for much of the closing stages. He has been nudged up just 1 lb for that effort and is taken to reverse the form with his reopposing rival.
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