KINGS SHIELD ran well enough with threatening to win in the French 2000 Guineas at Longchamp last time. This is easier and John Gosden’s colt looks the one to beat. Rufus King makes a quick reappearance on the back of last week’s fifth at York and is weighted to beat stablemate Lake Volta while Tadbir was beaten in novice company last time and Arrogant looks outclassed in this company. Aurum came up short in a Listed race at Newmarket but has plenty of scope for further improvement and Charlie Appleby’s charge may prove the main danger.
Arrogant (IRE) 16-1 (8-5) Outpaced in rear, headway under pressure over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, stayed on strongly to snatch 2nd last strides, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Under The Covers (8-13) at Bath 6f stks (2) hvy in Mar.
Aurum (IRE) 2-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, joined winner 3f out, pushed along 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Purser (9-0) at Newmarket 7f lst stks (1) gf in May.
Kings Shield (USA) (9-2) 6th of 11, 3 1/4l behind Olmedo (9-2) at Longchamp 1m Grp 1 gd in May.
Lake Volta (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Raced wide, chased leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 3l behind Cowboy Soldier (8-6) at Windsor 5f hcp (2) gd in May.
Rufus King 12-1 (9-0) Chased leader, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Gilgamesh (9-2) at York 7f hcp (2) gd in May.
Tadbir (IRE) 7-2 (8-12) Led, ridden over 1f out, joined inside final furlong, kept on well until headed post, 2nd of 11, shd behind Mr Marrakech (8-12) at Chelmsford City 7f stks (5) pol in May.