held up in 5th on inside, nowhere to go from entering final 2f, travelling well when hampered and squeezed out over 1f out, soon switched right to inside, kept on inside final furlong, took 3rd post, not recover
Red Duke and Chandlery fought out the finish of the Group 2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket with the former just coming out on top despite racing green. He has a 3lb penalty which should enable the runner-up to reverse the form but the winner may have had enough in hand and can get the better of the pair again. Chandlery is one of a quartet from the Richard Hannon yard and presumably the pick with Richard Hughes on board but none of the remaining trio can be lightly dismissed. Elkhart will have to improve markedly from his Beverley victory though it would be no shock to see him do so but the form pick has to be LETHAL FORCE. Clive Cox' grey produced an outstanding effort when beaten less than two lengths in the Coventry Stakes and with normal progress can take this prestigious event.
Red Duke (USA) 10-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders halfway, switched right to challenge over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, stayed on strongly, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf beating Chandlery (9-0) by nk, 11 ran.
Chandlery (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Always prominent, led over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, kept on well, 2nd of 11, nk behind Red Duke (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf.
Elkhart (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Made all, shaken up to go clear over 1f out, eased towards finish, won at Beverley 7f 2yo mdn aut (6) gf beating Badea (9-3) by 3l, 11 ran.
Lethal Force (IRE) 50-1 (9-1) Raced centre, chased leaders, pushed along halfway, effort when groups merged over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, no extra close home, 4th of 23, 1 3/4l behind Power (9-1) at Royal Ascot 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Jun.
Minal 9-2 (8-12) Close up, led entering final 2f, ridden and ran on, won at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd beating Freddy Q (9-3) by 1l, 11 ran.
Red Seventy 2-1 (9-5) Steadied start, held up last but in touch, not clear run 2f out, headway between horses over 1f out, chased leader entering final furlong, stayed on to lead final 120 yards, won going away, won at Ascot 6f 2yo nov stk (4) gd beating Sixx (9-5) by 1l, 5 ran.
Rockinante (FR) 9-2 (9-3) Steadied into mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, led inside final furlong, readily, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Jun beating Burano (9-3) by nk, 15 ran.