Prize Money should be able to live up to his name by landing the spoils in this opening race this afternoon. His latest effort behind stablemate Hawkbill was well advertised when that rival landed the Group 1 Coral Eclipse at Sandown just last weekend. James Doyle renews his association with the three year old son of Authorized and the combination out to be too smart for several progressive but as of yet unproven rivals.
Housesofparliament has run fairly well at group two level in the past and if the Godolphin runner is found wanting, it may be the Ballydoyle representative who is the main beneficiary. Ryan Moore should know a bit more about the son of Galileo this time around and they will likely pose the biggest threat to the selection. Harbour Law is certainly capable of further improvement having run a huge race at Ascot later time. If he was housed at a more fashionable stable likely double figures odds would be halved. As a result Laura Mongan’s charge may prove a decent bit of each way value.
Prize Money is a locally trained runner and Saeed Bin Suroor has his yard in decent shape. The extra few furlongs should encourage further progression and he ought to be hard to beat in this curtain raiser.
PRIZE MONEY (WIN)
Mehmas ought to prove hard to beat in a race which has been farmed by the Hannon team in recent years. He has never finished outside of the first two places in four outings and it may well be that the soft ground at Ascot added to his undoing last time. A return to a faster surface should see him perform in a much better light and with Frankie Dettori in the saddle, the duo may well have too much in hand of their rapidly improving rivals.
Ardad is unquestionably talented and there seemed to be no fluke about his win at the Royal Meeting. What that level of form amounts to remains to be seen but if there are any flaws with the selection, then the Gosden runner will likely make another bold bid. Silver Line is another that shall likely benefit from the better going at HQ this afternoon. He wasn’t beaten far by Prince Of Lir in the Norfolk Stakes and it is likely that there will be better to come. He certainly has place claims for an in form team.
Mehmas can continue on his upward curve despite this being his fifth run of the campaign. This is likely to have been his immediate target following his brave effort last time and it would be of little surprise if the yard were to win this event for the fifth time in six years.
The Grey Gatsby is fully entitled to improve for his first run of the season which came on soft ground at Royal Ascot when fourth to My Dream Boat in the Prince Of Wales Stakes. Whilst he has not graced the winners enclosure in quite some time, he has put up fantastic efforts behind the likes of Golden Horn and Arabian Queen. Jamie Spencer has abandoned Big Orange in order to ride this hearty five year old and the combination ought to go very well.
Elite Army was certainly done no favours by Kinema in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes last time and that looked another solid effort. Whilst that was only a handicap, he looks to be finally coming to himself and further improvement cannot be ruled out. Exosphere ran an absolute shocker at the Royal Meeting when toiling in behind stablemate Dartmouth. It would take a massive leap of faith to think he was completely over those exertions and he looks far too short on that basis. Big Orange stays longer than the mother in law and is likely to wear his heart on his sleeve yet again by trying to make all. If allowed an uncontested lead he may well prove difficult to peg back and he could have a massive say in the outcome of this race.
The Grey Gatsby is the highest rated runner in the line up by a fair margin and if Kevin Ryan has him right back to his best the five year old may well put these rivals to the sword. The quicker the ground, the better are his chances and he commands utmost respect.
THE GREY GATSBY (WIN)
Show Stealer bids to enhance the good record that lightly weighted sorts with double figure draws have in this particular race in recent seasons. She goes well fresh so the fifty four day break is not too much of a concern. Having won on her seasonal reappearance on the Rowley Mile, the switch to the July course should prove of little consequence. The better the ground, the better are this one’s chances and it is of significant note that Martin Dwyer retains the ride.
Taneen went into many notebooks when running away with a ten runner handicap at Leicester most recently. As a result he has to give weight away all around this afternoon but being a previous course and distance winner shall work in his favour and it would be dangerous to dismiss his perfectly solid claims. Charlie Hills took this race last season and he sends two solid contenders in the shapes of A momentofmadness and Gunmetal. Both have won their last two races so are clearly on good terms with themselves and both would have solid place claims.
The form of Show Stealer swing has been franked time and time again. The likes of Marsha, Mr Lupton and Dark Defender have all come out to record subsequent wins. With the form looking so strong it is difficult to not see her being involved in the finish and she has to come here with every chance. Show Stealer confirm recent form with the likes of Venturous and it would be of little surprise if she once again lived up to her name.
SHOW STEALER (E/W if 9/2+)