LUCKY DEAL didn't really get stuck into his chosen appointment at Royal Ascot when coming home in mid-division behind stablemate Baghdad but remains a handicapper of interest and can regain the winning thread. Previous form reads well in the context of this race and he's preferred to King Lud and Quantatmental. King Lud is earning regular place money but continues to find one too good whilst Quantatmental looked progressive until blowing out at Newcastle last time. That was not his running and he could well bounce back around a track loved by connections. Neither Midnight Wilde, third in Down Royal latest, nor the steadily improving Beer With The Boys, are without a chance in a tight contest.
Lucky Deal 20-1 (8-10) Mid-division, driven over 2f out, soon ridden, never able to challenge, 9th of 18, 8 3/4l behind Baghdad (8-12) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp stks (2) gf in Jun.
King Lud 9-4jfav (9-1) Led early, tracked leader, ridden 3f out, led again over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Sleeping Lion (9-2) at Newbury 1m 4f hcp (3) gf in Jul.
Midnight Wilde 11-1 (9-1) Mid-division, closer halfway, pushed along under 3f out and not clear 2f out, headway between horses and ridden to go 3rd over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3 3/4l behind Change Of Velocity (9-12) at Down Royal 1m 5f hcp gf in Jun.
Beer With The Boys 4-1 (8-10) Close up, headway over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 4 3/4l behind Saroog (10-0) at Goodwood 1m 6f mdn stks (5) gf in Jun.
Quantatmental (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Led, headed when ridden inside final 3f, soon lost place, behind final 2f, last of 5, 22 1/4l behind Surya (9-0) at Newcastle 1m 4f stks (5) pol in Jun.