anticipated start and slowly into stride, held up in last pair, not clearest of runs and switched left to wide outside over 2f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, not pace to reach leading duo
STOTSFOLD can take this contest at the principal expense of Glass Harmonium and Sri Putra. Third in last year's renewal, Walter Swinburn's globetrotter was a bitter disappointment at Chester last time out and put simply, he is much better than the bare form of the Huxley Stakes suggests. In light of that, we could be getting better odds about a horse that is proven at top grade on the surface. Glass Harmonium won the Gordon Richards Stakes here despite being relatively unconsidered in the betting. He battled tenaciously and could be the sort with which his handler normally excels. Sri Putra has only raced on eight occasions though has won on five. A Group 2 winner in France, he took the Earl Of Sefton Stakes at Newmarket in style. Peligroso is the pick of the two Godolphin runners if Frankie Dettori's booking is anything to go by. Tazeez was beaten over an inadequate trip at Lingfield and should be capable of much better this evening. Class counts for plenty and Stotsfold has it in spades.
Glass Harmonium (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Held up in 6th, headway on outside over 2f out, quickened to challenge and edged right from well over 1f out, led and hung right over 1f out, idled inside final furlong, held on, won at Sandown 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr beating Redwood (9-0) by hd, 7 ran.
Sri Putra 11-2 (8-12) Raced center, tracked leader, led that pair and every chance over 2f out, driven to lead well inside final furlong, won at Newmarket 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gf in Apr beating Tranquil Tiger (9-1) by 1l, 8 ran.
Steele Tango (USA) 12-1 (9-3) In touch on inside, pushed along over 3f out, soon outpaced, 6th of 7, 9l behind Glass Harmonium (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.
Peligroso (FR) 11-2 (8-12) Led, 5 lengths clear after 3f, quickened well over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 5, 2l behind Alainmaar (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f stks (2) gf.
Prince Siegfried (FR) 10-11fav (9-2) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, not quicken and held inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Laaheb (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gd in Oct.
Stotsfold 4-1 (9-0) Behind, outpaced over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, soon eased, last of 8, 30l behind Debussy (9-0) at Chester 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gs.
Tazeez (USA) Evensfav (9-4) Held up in touch, never really travelling, pushed along over 2f out, stayed on to 2nd final 100 yards, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Storm Ultralight (9-1) at Lingfield 1m stks (3yo+) (2) pol in Apr.
Lady Jane Digby 14-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Hillview Boy (8-11) at Hamilton 1m 4f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gd.
Soul City (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Chased leader 3f, stayed in 3rd, driven along over 3f out, stayed well there until weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 7l behind Glass Harmonium (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.