Plenty of solid form on offer from horses such as Muzdahi, Diamond Penny and Cotton Spirit, however Godolphin send some of their better juveniles to the track and so a chance is taken on SAMURAI SWORD. Connections won this race twelve months ago and this son of Motivator (a York winner himself) is bred to be smart. His dam was a winner over a mile so this seven furlong trip should test his stamina enough to see him run well. Ice Magic shaped with promise at Leicester and he has Ryan Moore on top as he moves up in trip, King Of The Celts ran a fine race to fill second to Polar Kite here last time, whilst Cotton Spirit is a stablemate of the winner that day and in the same ownership he needs watching for market support. Diamond Penny's debut form at Kempton is working out well and he shaped on his next start at Warwick as if he would improve over a longer straight whilst Early Applause needs to improve plenty for the longer trip after his mini-break. Rain would suit My Mate Jake, whilst Swift Alhaarth shaped on debut at Musselburgh as if he needs a mile already. Interesting fare then, with preference for the newcomer Samurai Sword.
Cotton Spirit 20-1 (9-3) Towards rear, headway on outer over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on to take 2nd near finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Al Madina (8-12) at Carlisle 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jun.
Diamond Penny (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway and in touch over 3f out, ridden when edged left 2f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, never troubled leaders, 4th of 12, 6l behind Ocean Drift (9-3) at Warwick 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf.
Early Applause 10-1 (9-3) Dwelt, mid-division, ridden 2f out, no impression, 8th of 15, 13l behind Libranno (9-3) at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd in May.
Ice Magic 40-1 (9-3) Jinked right start, slowly into stride, in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to go 4th near finish, 4th of 10, 9l behind Roayh (9-3) at Leicester 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Jun.
King Of The Celts (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Held up mid-division, chased leading pair 3f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on under pressure to chase winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Polar Kite (9-3) at York 7f 2yo mdn (3) gf.
Kings Arms 66-1 (8-12) Behind, outpaced over 3f out, never dangerous, 7th of 8, 21l behind Polar Kite (9-3) at York 7f 2yo mdn (3) gf.
Mayan Flight (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 9, well behind King Of Aquitaine (9-3) at Newcastle 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jun.
Muzdahi (USA) 8-1 (9-3) Tracked winner, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on one pace and lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Lord Of The Stars (9-3) at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jun.
My Mate Jake (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 16, 4l behind Blaze Of Thunder (9-3) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd.
Samurai Sword Motivator colt out of Japanese Whisper.
Swift Alhaarth (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, stumbled over 6f out, in rear, ridden over 3f out, effort to go 4th 2f out, ran green and no impression, 4th of 6, 10l behind Falkland Flyer (9-3) at Musselburgh 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jun.
Tapis Libre Librettist gelding out of Stella Manuela.