took keen hold, led briefly, soon settled tracking leading trio, went 2nd 3f out, led 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, lost 2nd entering final furlong, weakened and lost two places towards finish
tracked leaders on inside, pushed along over 4f out, unable to quicken when hung right inside final 2f, rallied edging right over 1f out, went 3rd towards finish, never going pace to challenge
Shogun is joint-top rated here but has only won a maiden at the Curragh. He's been racing at Group 1 level since a close second in a Group 3 at Leopardstown in May and his form figures are misleading. Aidan O'Brien also runs The Major General and though he's been beaten in handicaps since landing a Listed race at Leopardstown he hasn't enjoyed the soft ground. Prize Money is the other joint-top ranked after his close second to subsequent Eclipse winner Hawkbill at Ascot and was probably feeling the very fast ground when running poorly at Newmarket. If the rain arrives in time he'd be an obvious contender. Platitude couldn't quite hold off Housesofparliament over an extra furlong at Newmarket but along with the lightly-raced Ulysses, who ran better than his finishing position suggests in the Derby, gives the Stoute camp a strong hand. QATARI HUNTER has won four handicaps, going up 28lb in the process. There are plenty of opportunities in Ireland so the fact that Jim Bolger sends him here for his pattern race debut speaks volumes and he's given the nod.
Goldmember 25-1 (9-1) Held up, pushed along 3f out, effort 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 9, 3 3/4l behind Housesofparliament (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 5f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jul.
Harrison 14-1 (9-1) Close up, headway 3f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, not quicken towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Housesofparliament (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 5f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jul.
Platitude 7-2 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, not quicken towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Housesofparliament (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 5f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jul.
Prize Money 9-4fav (9-1) Held up in rear, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, eased, 8th of 9, 18 3/4l behind Housesofparliament (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 5f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jul.
Qatari Hunter (IRE) 2-1fav (8-9) Towards rear and 8th 4f out, pushed along from 2f out, headway from over 1f out and soon challenged, stayed on well to lead close home, won at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp gd in Jul beating Tennessee Wildcat (9-10) by hd, 10 ran.
Shogun (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Led early, chased leader and 5th halfway, pushed along entering straight and 6th 2f out, ridden and no impression in 7th over 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 9, 10 1/2l behind Harzand (9-0) at Curragh 1m 4f Grp 1 Yielding in Jun.
Steel of Madrid (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders in 5th, headway on outside 2f out, went modest 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 5 3/4l behind Hawkbill (9-0) at Ascot 1m 2f Grp 3 stks (1) sft in Jun.
The Major General (IRE) 11-4 (9-12) Soon led, pressed 4f out, ridden 2f out, headed 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Qatari Hunter (9-1) at Curragh 1m 2f hcp Good - Yielding in Jun.
Ulysses (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Soon settled in mid-division, headway headway towards inside 3f out, chased leaders until ridden and weakened entering final 2f, 12th of 16, 23l behind Harzand (9-0) at Epsom 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) gs in Jun.