Dick Whittington easily beat Dandyleekie at Navan and didn't quite last out over an extra furlong in a Listed contest at Ascot when only third behind Richard Pankhurst and TOSCANINI. The latter had been narrowly beaten by Kool Kompany in a Listed event at Naas earlier and Michael Halford's colt, who is owned by Godolphin, looks the one to be on. Itorio looked very speedy when scoring over this trip at Naas and is another who found 7f just beyond him at Leopardstown though he was only caught close home. Rapid Applause made a winning start at Cork and was by no means disgraced behind Kool Kompany in the Group 2 Railway Stakes here though a line through the winner gives him something to find with the selection.
Dandyleekie (IRE) 15-8 (9-1) Upset in stalls, led, headed and ridden over 1f out, no impression on winner and kept on one pace, 2nd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Dick Whittington (9-1) at Navan 6f 2yo auc gf in Jun.
Dick Whittington (IRE) 15-8fav (9-3) Held up tracking leaders, every chance 2f out, ridden over 1f out, 3rd and one pace entering final furlong, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Richard Pankhurst (9-3) at Royal Ascot 7f 2yo lst stk (1) gf in Jun.
Itorio (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Soon led, went a few lengths clear before 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, jinked left over 100 yards out and lost momentum, headed close home, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Bertie Le Belge (9-4) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo stk gf.
Rapid Applause 14-1 (9-3) Soon settled in rear, under pressure 2f out but soon headway on outer, 3rd 1f out, no impression and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 4l behind Kool Kompany (9-3) at Curragh 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Toscanini (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, smooth headway near side over 2f out, led 2f out, soon edged right, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, stayed on same pace and no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 4l behind Richard Pankhurst (9-3) at Royal Ascot 7f 2yo lst stk (1) gf in Jun.
Newsletter (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Raced near side, held up, good headway halfway, chased winner and every chance over 1f out, still pressing inside final furlong, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 21, 3/4l behind Anthem Alexander (9-0) at Royal Ascot 5f 2yo fll Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.