There is little doubt Prize Money stands out from a form perspective judged on his fine second to subsequent Eclipse winner Hawkbill at Royal Ascot. That said, he didn’t appear a dour stayer at Goodwood the time before as he apparently curled up from what appeared a lack of stamina when beaten by Algometer over 11 furlongs. With that in mind, and with stamina seemingly assured, HOUSESOFPARLIAMENT (Best odds 5-1) could be the answer to a tricky puzzle. The selection didn’t enjoy the best of passages behind Across The Stars in the King Edward VII Stakes and should find this more galloping track to his liking. He looks the type of horse to benefit from a stiffer test than he has encountered to date and should be thereabouts if reproducing his latest effort.
Ardad and Mehmas arrive on the back of excellent performances at Royal Ascot which contrasts starkly with YALTA (Best price 14-1) who was rather swept aside in the Coventry Stakes by the utterly dominant Caravaggio. The ground was softer than the northern raider had previously contested in his three-race career and I’m not convinced he was ridden to his most effectiveness by trying to make the running on the far side of the track. Although he was won both his races from the front, it might be nice to see Yalta given a chance in his races and gain a lead, but however he is ridden he doesn’t look a 14-1 chance.
It was difficult to explain the abject display of Exosphere last time but the fact he is returning to the track less than three weeks on suggest his handler is happy with his form and demeanour. He is still a tough horse to back on the back of that performance and there could be some value to be snared with MUNTAZAH (Best price 9-1). The Dubawi colt was a genuinely unconsidered 16-1 poke for the Dante Stakes at York but shaped with promise to stay on into fourth despite his yard being quiet at the time. The Burrows stable are in much better order now and their charge could well find further progression now he tackles an extra couple of furlongs.
A belting handicap of its type and I am loathe to desert DANCING STAR (Best price 8-1) given she was a shade unfortunate not to procure a warm handicap at York last time. Having been up with the speed throughout, the Aqlaam filly quickened again a furlong out before being collared by the strong stayer Mr Lupton close home. The duo pulled a good margin clear of the third that day and it looks high-class handicap form. Hopefully Dancing Star will enjoy a good tow into the race courtesy of GUNMETAL (Best price 20-1) who is drawn alongside and looks a big price given he has already won at the track. The seven furlongs with cut in the ground just seemed to stretch Charlie Hills’ charge that day and he won’t mind dropping in trip especially if being ridden aggressively once more.
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