Barry Hills won the Jersey Stakes 12 months ago with Ouqba and has claims of doing so again with his representative RED JAZZ, who was a good second to Field Of Dream in the King Charles II Stakes at Newmarket last month. He can go one better today, making the most of the weight that he receives from Free Judgement and Shakespearean. Saeed Bin Suroor's colt was a welcome winner for the yard when successful at Epsom during the Derby meeting but he has a 3lb penalty to carry for that Surrey Stakes success and may have to settle for minor honours today. Kaptain Kirkup has a bit to find with Shakespearean on running at Epsom and of more interest may be the William Haggas-trained Quarrel, who is surely better than he showed at Haydock last time but he is hard to back after that effort. John Gosden's Meezaan was not disgraced in the French 2,000 Guineas last time and has to be considered, while Jim Bolger's Free Judgement is bound to be popular following his second to Canford Cliffs in the Irish 2,000 and has an obvious chance but he does have a penalty to carry for earlier successes in Group 3 races and that may prevent him from resuming winning ways. Luca Cumani's Field Of Dream belied odds of 33/1 when getting the better of the selection at Newmarket and has every chance of beating him again but Red Jazz was only narrowly beaten that day and connections will have learned from that previous run at headquarters.
Free Judgement (USA) 25-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway in 7th 1 1/2f out, ridden into 5th 1f out, kept on well final furlong to go 2nd, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 3l behind Canford Cliffs (9-0) at Curragh 1m 3yo Grp 1 gf in May.
Shakespearean (IRE) 11-4fav (9-5) Made all, ridden 1f out, ran on, unchallenged, won at Epsom Downs 7f 3yo lst stk (1) gd beating Yaa Wayl (8-13) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Field Of Dream 33-1 (9-4) Keen, close up, ridden 3f out, soon hung right, driven over 1f out, stayed on under strong pressure to lead final strides, won at Newmarket 7f 3yo lst stk (1) gd in May beating Red Jazz (9-4) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Freeforaday (USA) 9-1 (8-2) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, soon one pace, 4th of 9, 1l behind Parisian Pyramid (8-13) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May.
Kaptain Kirkup (IRE) 11-4fav (8-13) Tracked winner until inside final furlong, no extra and lost 2 places, 4th of 8, 4l behind Shakespearean (9-5) at Epsom Downs 7f 3yo lst stk (1) gd.
Lucky General (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Went right start, held up, ridden 2f out, some late headway, never nearer, 5th of 8, 5l behind Shakespearean (9-5) at Epsom Downs 7f 3yo lst stk (1) gd.
Meezaan (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) 5th of 15, 5l behind Lope De Vega (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 3yo Grp 1 gd in May.
Mon Cadeaux 10-3 (8-13) In touch, effort 2f out, kept on to go 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Shakespearean (9-5) at Epsom Downs 7f 3yo lst stk (1) gd.
Quarrel (USA) 5-1fav (9-0) Chased leading pair, pushed along halfway, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 14l behind Bewitched (8-9) at Haydock 6f 3yo lst stk (1) gs in May.
Red Jazz (USA) 5-4fav (9-4) Tracked leader, joined leader and every chance from 2f out, ridden over 1f out, not quicken near finish, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Field Of Dream (9-4) at Newmarket 7f 3yo lst stk (1) gd in May.
Rock Jock (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Pressed leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 2 1/2l behind Angel's Pursuit (9-0) at Newbury 6f 3yo lst stk (1) gf in May.
Rodrigo De Torres 4-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and joined 2f out, driven inside final furlong, headed and lost 2 places final strides, 3rd of 5, 3/4l behind Field Of Dream (9-4) at Newmarket 7f 3yo lst stk (1) gd in May.
Rainfall (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Chased leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, soon carried slightly left, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Bewitched (8-9) at Haydock 6f 3yo lst stk (1) gs in May.