Bated Breath went down with all guns blazing behind Little Bridge in the King's Stand Stakes at Ascot having earlier edged out Sole Power on his reappearance in the Temple Stakes at Haydock when Spirit Quartz, Confessional, Tangerine Trees, Masamah and Monsieur Joe were behind. He could only finish ninth in this last year, however, when the likes of Hamish McGonagall, Kingsgate Native and Masamah were ahead, and he'll be short enough in the betting. Australian mare Ortensia has to come into the reckoning having beaten Spirit Quartz fairly comfortably in the King George Stakes at Goodwood. A whole bunch of these, including Masamah, Confessional, Angels Will Fall and Humidor, were on the heels of the principals but most are worse off at the weights today. Tiddliwinks would go close on his best form but David Barron has had this race earmarked for PEARL SECRET since he completed a four-timer in a Listed contest at Sandown in June. This is unquestionably his toughest task to date but we possibly still haven't seen the best of the three-year-old yet and he has a terrific turn of foot. He can prove himself at the highest level today.
Bated Breath 11-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, challenged winner inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 22, 3/4l behind Little Bridge (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gs in Jun.
Confessional 20-1 (9-1) Raced far side, held up, headway over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 17, 2l behind Ortensia (9-5) at Goodwood 5f Grp 2 (1) gd.
Dandy Boy (ITY) 8-1 (9-5) Raced centre, slowly into stride, held up towards rear, never on terms, 9th of 12, 18l behind Mayson (9-5) at Newmarket 6f Grp 1 (1) hvy in Jul.
Hamish McGonagall 10-1 (9-1) Raced near side, chased ledaers, pushed along 3f out, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 15th of 17, 7l behind Ortensia (9-5) at Goodwood 5f Grp 2 (1) gd.
Humidor (IRE) 40-1 (9-1) Raced near side, slowly away, outpaced in rear, switched right over 2f out, switched left and headway over 1f out, switched right and ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 6th of 17, 2 3/4l behind Ortensia (9-5) at Goodwood 5f Grp 2 (1) gd.
Kingsgate Native (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and weakened approaching final furlong, 10th of 16, 8l behind Dream Ahead (9-1) at Haydock 6f Grp 1 (1) gf in Sep.
Masamah (IRE) 6-4fav (9-5) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Dinkum Diamond (8-11) at Nottingham 5f cond Stakes (3) gf.
Monsieur Joe (IRE) 9-2fav (9-5) won at Deauville(FR) 5f Listed stks (1) sft beating Gammarth (9-5) by 1l, 12 ran.
Nocturnal Affair (SAF) 6-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd 2f out, ridden into 2nd over 1f out, kept on without matching winner, just held 2nd close home, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Inxile (9-9) at Tipperary 5f Listed stks (1) hvy.
Secret Witness 28-1 (9-5) Mid-division stand side, ridden and weakened well over 1f out, 14th of 20, 8l behind Pepper Lane (9-1) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd.
Sole Power 8-1 (9-4) Held up, headway over 1f out, ridden and ran on final furlong, not reached leaders, 3rd of 22, 1 3/4l behind Little Bridge (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gs in Jun.
Spirit Quartz (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Raced alone in centre, held up, good headway halfway, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd final 100 yards, no chance with winner, 2nd of 17, 1 1/4l behind Ortensia (9-5) at Goodwood 5f Grp 2 (1) gd.
Tangerine Trees 6-1fav (9-1) Raced far side, led group, well on terms with near side leaders 2f out, ridden and headed that side over 1f out, one pace and well held when hung badly right inside final furlong, 8th of 17, 5l behind Ortensia (9-5) at Goodwood 5f Grp 2 (1) gd.
Tiddliwinks 9-2 (9-12) Settled in rear, headway into 3rd under 2f out, soon ridden and no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 4l behind Definightly (9-7) at Curragh 5f Grp 3 (1) sft in Jun.
Bogart 7-2 (8-12) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, no impression when lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Artistic Jewel (8-7) at Doncaster 6f cond Stakes (3) gf.
Pearl Secret 1-3fav (8-13) Took keen hold, held up in last pair on outer, smooth headway halfway, went 2nd over 1f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, in command in closing stages, won at Sandown 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Jun beating Free Zone (8-13) by nk, 6 ran.
Beyond Desire 16-1 (8-12) Raced near side, prominent, ridden halfway, weakened inside final 2f, 11th of 17, 6l behind Ortensia (9-5) at Goodwood 5f Grp 2 (1) gd.
Invincible Ash (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Held up, 5th halfway, ridden and no impression 1 1/2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 6, 9l behind Fire Lily (9-3) at Curragh 6f Grp 3 (1).
Ortensia (AUS) 6-1fav (9-5) Raced near side, held up towards rear and off the pace, good headway and switched right to centre halfway, chased leaders over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on strongly, ridden out, won at Goodwood 5f Grp 2 (1) gd beating Spirit Quartz (9-1) by 1 1/4l, 17 ran.
Angels Will Fall (IRE) 13-2 (8-9) Raced far side, took keen hold, held up, good headway halfway, led group over 1f out, hung left inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 5th of 17, 2 1/4l behind Ortensia (9-5) at Goodwood 5f Grp 2 (1) gd.