Hopes remain high for NATIVE RULER who can get the better of Prince Siegfried and Montaff. Henry Cecil's charge was a springer in the Derby market ahead of his debut and was duly asked to contest the Dante following a facile maiden success. He came up short there and again in the King Edward VII Stakes but he will have learnt a good deal from those two outings and put the experience to good use. Prince Siegfried's best form came as a juvenile for Andrew Balding although he deserves plenty of credit for his third in a French Group 2 and has clearly trained on. He appeared to see out this trip well enough that day but a stronger gallop may provide a sterner test. Montaff fared a little better in a first time visor at Goodwood where the track may have caused him to run in snatches. It was a falsely run race but it's too early to give up on him. Almiqdaad is worth monitoring on his return to action as he was smart at two but it remains to be seen how effective he is over this trip. The distance is no problem for Midnight Cruiser whose run at Goodwood is best forgotten. He may lack the class of some of his rivals but should race on the pace in this field which should play to his advantage and see him run well at a price but Native Ruler is likely to bowl along as well and is preferred.
Almiqdaad 8-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden to 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 7l behind Jukebox Jury (8-12) at Ascot 1m 2yo stks G2 (1) gd in Sep.
Fullback (IRE) 28-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 4l behind Sri Putra (9-7) at Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-110 (2) gd in Jul.
Kaolak (USA) 11-4fav (9-3) Awkward start, led after 1f, ridden over 1f out, rider nearly dropped whip and got tangled up with reins and headed will inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Point Of Light (8-6) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
Midnight Cruiser (IRE) 40-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, soon in mid-division on inside, driven along and beaten approaching 2f out, 14th of 16, 18l behind Roman Republic (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-110 (2) gd in Jul.
Montaff 16-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, raced keenly, headway 8f out, pushed along over 5f out, not quicken over 2f out, stayed on one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 5l behind Harbinger (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Jul.
Native Ruler 6-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, soon tracked leading pair, went 2nd 4f out, ridden to lead over 2f out, headed well over 1f out, weakened final 1f, 7th of 12, 12l behind Father Time (8-12) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Prince Siegfried (FR) 9-1 (9-2) 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Debussy (9-2) at Maisons-Laffitte(FR) 1m 2f 3yo Grp 2 gd in Jul.