KINGSGATE NATIVE is becoming increasingly difficult to fathom. He landed this in 2009 and will do so again if repeating his runner-up performance in this year's Temple Stakes and a meritorious sixth in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. However, he's becoming hard to win with and spurned a relatively straightforward opportunity latest when down the field at Group 3 level at Sandown. He's given one more chance here. Masamah and Amour Propre fought out a fine York finish in Listed grade last time and will be in the firing line if repeating that level. There should be little between them again. The speedy and consistent Noble Storm should relish this fast track and fully deserves a shot at Group company, whilst Beyond Desire, a good second to Night Carnation last time when Kingsgate Native disappointed, enters calculations on that improved effort.
Amour Propre 8-1 (9-0) Prominent, headway over 2f out, led narrowly entering final furlong, edged left inside final furlong, headed last 100 yards, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 13, nk behind Masamah (9-0) at York 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Group Therapy 14-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Masamah (9-0) at York 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Humidor (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Walked to post, held up in touch on rail, headway over 1f out, switched sharply left entering final furlong, went 3rd final 110 yards, stayed on under pressure towards finish, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Night Carnation (8-9) at Sandown 5f Grp 3 (1) gf.
Kingsgate Native (IRE) 4-1fav (9-3) Held up in touch on outside, ridden and unable to quicken inside final 2f, no chance after, 6th of 10, 6l behind Night Carnation (8-9) at Sandown 5f Grp 3 (1) gf.
Masamah (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, led last 100 yards, driven out, won at York 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd beating Amour Propre (9-0) by nk, 13 ran.
Noble Storm (USA) 4-5fav (9-3) Made all, ridden inside final furlong, ran on, comfortably, won at Haydock 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in May beating Santo Padre (9-3) by 2l, 5 ran.
Rain Delayed (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) In rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on same inside final furlong, never dangerous, 7th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Masamah (9-0) at York 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Beyond Desire 9-1 (9-0) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Night Carnation (8-9) at Sandown 5f Grp 3 (1) gf.
Breathless Kiss (USA) 6-1 (8-9) Hampered start, in rear, effort over 2f out, never dangerous, 12th of 13, 11l behind Doctor Parkes (8-5) at Chester 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Golden Destiny (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Close up farside, ridden and every chance entering final furlong, no extra last 150 yards, 4th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Masamah (9-0) at York 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Stone Of Folca 66-1 (8-12) Mid-division, weakened well over 1f out, 16th of 19, 8l behind Prohibit (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Swiss Diva 20-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened well over 1f out, 18th of 19, 9l behind Prohibit (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.