led, quickened pace halfway, ridden and headed inside final 2f, lost 2nd entering final furlong, weakened inside final furlong
held up last, headway on outside over 2f out, kept on into one-paced 3rd inside final furlong, no impression
tracked leader until pushed along 3f out, ridden and weakened 2f out
held up in 4th place, pushed along and closer on outside 4f out, led inside final 2f, ridden and hung left inside final furlong, stayed on
tracked leading pair, went close 2nd 3f out until over 2f out, soon ridden, 2nd again entering final furlong, switched right and stayed on same pace inside final furlong
Dolphin Vista has seemingly been out of sorts since landing the Doonside Cup last season whilst First Nation and What About Carlo are running okay but concede 9lb to the three-year-olds. Pondus was quietly fancied for the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot but was never competitive. Maybe the race came too soon but this will provide a better barometer of his ability. Set Piece, third in the Craven Stakes and unplaced in the 2000 Guineas, steps up to 10f now but the classy FOX CHAIRMAN (NAP) is preferred. Whether he'd have won is another matter, but he was unlucky in running when second in the Hampton Court at the Royal meeting and can go one better.
Dolphin Vista (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Hampered after 1f, held up , weakened over 2f out, never a factor, last of 16, 19 3/4l behind Addeybb (9-3) at Ascot 1m 2f lst stks (1) sft in Jun.
First Nation 12-1 (9-7) Held up in last pair on inside, pushed along over 2f out, switched left 2f out, ridden and unable to quicken when not clear run over 1f out, stayed on into 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Elarqam (9-10) at Sandown 1m 2f lst stks (1) gf in Jul.
What About Carlo (FR) 8-1 (9-7) Close up, ridden and headway 2f out, edged right approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 5, 3 3/4l behind Getchagetchagetcha (8-6) at Leicester 1m 4f stks (3) gs in Jun.
Fox Chairman (IRE) 7-2fav (9-0) Ridden away from stalls and not soon not much room briefly, recovered into mid-division on inside, headway when not clear run over 2f out, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, squeezed through then switched right inside final furlong, ran on, went 2nd close home, not trouble winner, 2nd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Sangarius (9-0) at Ascot 1m 2f Grp 3 stks (1) sft in Jun.
Pondus 4-1 (9-0) Keen raced wide tracked leader, ridden to lead over 2f out, soon headed, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 17 1/2l behind Japan (9-0) at Ascot 1m 4f Grp 2 stks (1) gs in Jun.
Set Piece 40-1 (9-0) In rear, short lived effort 2f out, 14th of 19, 18 1/4l behind Magna Grecia (9-0) at Newmarket 1m Grp 1 stks (1) gd in May.