took keen hold behind leaders, headway over 2f out, stayed on final furlong
towards rear, ridden along and headway 2f out, no extra final furlong
keen behind leaders, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out
always rear division
tracked leaders, driven 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong
towards rear, never dangerous
held up, headway on inner over 2f out, stayed on final furlong
held up towards rear, ridden along 3f out, headway over 1f out, ran on final furlong
made virtually all, soon led, ridden over 2f out, quickened clear over 1f out, kept on
towards rear, ridden along 3f out, some late headway, never troubled leaders
in touch, effort over 3f out, weakened over 2f out
mid-division, ridden along 3f out, headway over 1f out, one pace final furlong
prominent, effort when weakening over 2f out
held up behind leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out
never better than mid-division
The best race on the card by a country mile this, with KINGDOM OF FIFE taken to land it, ahead of Checklow and Military Power. Owned by The Queen, Kingdom of Fife is Sir Michael Stoute's only runner and Ryan Moore's only ride on the card, and they won't be coming just for a day out in the North East. He was just beaten into second by Cheshire Prince on his seasonal appearance at Chester earlier in the month when carrying a couple of pounds overweight, and he'll have benefitted from that run after a six month lay-off. Military Power is also the only runner here for Godolphin who've found some form. He lost his maiden tag here last year, and won last time out when on dirt in Dubai. Checklow has plenty of ability, and should have won more than one race. At times reluctant to go into the stalls, he can be pretty quick out of them. He was a decent second in a similar race earlier in the month at York, and along with Military Power is entered for the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot next month. David Barron's Flipando may have some sentimental support having won this race two years ago, but our preference is for Kingdom of Fife.
Re Barolo (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Raced keenly in rear, headway over 3f out, 4th well over 1f out, never nearer, 4th of 8, 6l behind Dansant (9-2) at Kempton 1m 2f Listed stks (1) pol in Mar.
Heron Bay 16-1 (9-5) Raced stands side, always towards rear, 13th of 15, 8l behind Confront (9-10) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcap (2) gf.
Flipando (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Dwelt, held up, ridden and headway over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 6th of 15, 4l behind Yamal (9-1) at York 1m (1) gd.
Humungous (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, soon switched left, held up in rear, well behind final 2f, eased over 1f out, tailed off, 11th of 12, 49l behind Cheshire Prince (8-4) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Military Power (9-1) Tracked leaders; led 300m out; ran on well, won at Jebel Ali(UAE) 1m 1f hcap in Mar beating Moonquake (9-1) by hd, 17 ran.
Checklow (USA) 9-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, headway 2f out, kept on, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Moonquake (9-4) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Unbreak My Heart (IRE) 11-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway on inside from over 1f out, ran on final furlong, not reach leaders, 5th of 20, 6l behind Duncan (9-7) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (2) gd in Apr.
Nanton (USA) 9-1 (9-9) In rear stands side, ridden over 3f out, not reached leaders, 12th of 20, 14l behind Manassas (9-7) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) gf in Mar.
Kingdom of Fife 11-4fav (8-6) Mid-division, improved 5f out, ridden to chase winner entering final furlong, ran on well, just failed, 2nd of 12, shd behind Cheshire Prince (8-4) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
King Charles 10-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden along and headway over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 6th of 18, 12l behind Furmigadelagiusta (9-8) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gs.
Cheshire Prince 25-1 (8-4) Chased leader, led well over 2f out, ridden to assert over 1f out, just held on, won at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf beating Kingdom Of Fife (8-6) by shd, 12 ran.
Mystery Star (IRE) 7-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge 3f out, led over 1f out, kept on well, won at Goodwood 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd beating King Olav (9-4) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Flawed Genius 5-1 (8-13) Started slowly, soon mid-division, effort when squeezed for room over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 7th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Mister Hardy (8-8) at Chester 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Kay Gee Be (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Raced centre, tracked leader, raced keenly, joined stands side group 3f out, ridden and every chance from 2f out, unable to quicken final furlong, 3rd of 15, 2l behind Confront (9-10) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcap (2) gf.
Snoqualmie Boy 5-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, challenged 2f out, driven and weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 4l behind Granston (8-11) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.