BATTLE OF MARENGO's defeat of Sugar Boy at Leopardstown in April has turned out be top-class form and he ran a brave race to finish a close-up fourth in the Derby earlier this month under a positive ride from Joseph O'Brien. Epsom form isn't always a reliable guide to this but the Ballydoyle colt is clearly smart and should be capable of defying his Group 2 penalty in this if on his game. Greatwood's run in the Dante was a big disappointment but he appeared to lose interest after getting behind at the start and is capable of better. Contributer was second to Irish 2000 Guineas winner Magician in the Dee Stakes at Chester before being beaten in a match at Goodwood but doesn't look good enough in the grade and Havana Beat was beaten fair and square by Greatwood at Newmarket in the spring. The unbeaten Mutashaded takes a huge leap in class and the remainder all have a bit to find to trouble the selection on these terms.
Battle Of Marengo (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders in 4th, led over 9f out, headed over 5f out, chased leader, led again approaching final 3f, ridden and headed well over 1f out, chased winner, held when lost 2 places final strides, 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Ruler Of The World (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gd.
Contributer (IRE) 1-2fav (9-0) Tracked winner, quickened to lead inside final 2f, ridden and headed inside final furlong, soon no extra and readily held, last of 2, 2 1/2l behind Disclaimer (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 3f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in May.
Fantastic Moon 11-2 (9-2) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, ridden and no progress 2f out, plugged on inside final furlong, lost modest 4th close home, 5th of 7, 9l behind Sugar Boy (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.
Greatwood 9-2 (9-0) Slowly away soon pushed along, in rear, ridden over 2f out, never near leaders, 7th of 8, 9l behind Libertarian (9-0) at York 1m 2f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gd in May.
Havana Beat (IRE) 11-4 (8-12) Keen tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and no impression on leaders over 2f out, 3rd of 4, 8l behind Ruler Of The World (8-12) at Chester 1m 4f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in May.
Hillstar 10-11fav (8-11) Raced freely, set steady pace, quickened over 3f out, hard pressed over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind High Troja (8-2) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Mutashaded (USA) 11-4 (8-12) Dwelt, held up in rear, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well to lead towards finish, won at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May beating Noble Bull (8-7) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.
Tha'ir (IRE) 2-1fav (9-7) Held up in touch, pushed along 4f out, ridden and headway 2f out, pressed winner from over 1f out, ran on but always looked held, 2nd of 5, hd behind Hoarding (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in May.