Ryan Moore is on board MARKSMANSHIP for Aidan O'Brien as Sir Michael Stoute's Tazahum is owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum and Richard Hills, who rode him to victory in a Listed race at Sandown, is the owner's retained rider. Marksmanship will need to improve massively from beating Notable Graduate in a Curragh maiden but there is every prospect of him doing so and entries in every major middle-distance race this summer suggest he's very highly regarded. After an excellent third to Carlton House in the Dante, Pisco Sour found Epsom's Derby distance and gradients too much to handle and he should be better off back in more suitable company. The very progressive Alkimos is taking the same Doncaster route as that of his stable companion Afsare, who won this last year, and he's very much respected, as are the Godolphin entries. Laajooj, who landed a Listed contest at Newmarket despite a high head carriage, and Hunter's Light, also successful at HQ last month, both look progressive types.
Ahlaain (USA) 20-1 (8-12) Dwelt, in touch in rear, ridden 3f out, no impression, 5th of 6, 8l behind Native Khan (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Apr.
Alkimos (IRE) 3-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, quickened to lead approaching final furlong, ran on, won at Doncaster 1m 2f con stks (2) gf beating Maali (8-12) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
Auld Burns 2-1fav (9-0) Held up in last, hung left briefly 7f out, pushed along to improve 2f out, not clear run and switched right over 1f out, soon beaten, 4th of 5, 10l behind Masked Marvel (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 3f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in May.
Happy Today (USA) 100-1 (9-0) In rear, ridden 3f out, kept on, never near leaders, 6th of 13, 23l behind Frankel (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf in Apr.
Hunter's Light (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, led 3f out, edged left entering final furlong, ridden and ran on, comfortably, won at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gd in May beating Maqaraat (9-3) by 6l, 12 ran.
Laajooj (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Tracked leader far side, left alone that side over 2f out, led 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Newmarket 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in May beating Buthelezi (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Loving Spirit 8-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out, one pace final furlong, last of 5, 6l behind Tazahum (8-12) at Sandown 1m Listed stks 3yo (1) gs in May.
Maali (IRE) 13-2 (8-12) In touch, effort entering final 2f, ridden and stayed on one pace, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Alkimos (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 2f con stks (2) gf.
Marksmanship (IRE) 10-3 (9-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, good headway to lead 1f out, driven out and kept on well final furlong, won at Curragh 1m 2f mdn stks sft in Apr beating Notable Graduate (9-5) by 2 1/2l, 17 ran.
Midsummer Sun 2-5fav (8-11) Always prominent, led 2f out, ridden and edged right over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Haydock 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd in May beating Lady Amakhala (8-6) by 6l, 11 ran.
Moriarty (IRE) 11-2 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway into 5th 2f out, soon ridden, kept on well final furlong to 2nd close home, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Alexander Pope (9-1) at Curragh 1m 2f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in May.
Pisco Sour (USA) 50-1 (9-0) Tracked leader until over 8f out, stayed chasing leaders until weakened over 2f out, 9th of 13, 28l behind Pour Moi (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf.
Slim Shadey 16-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, soon no extra, 7th of 8, 10l behind Roderic O'Connor (9-0) at Curragh 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf in May.
Slumber 5-2 (8-12) Keen in touch in rear, effort over 2f out, ridden and kept on to go 3rd near finish, not pace of leading pair, 3rd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Treasure Beach (8-12) at Chester 1m 4f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in May.
Specific Gravity (FR) 8-1 (9-0) Held up, headway to track leaders 7f out, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 9, 22l behind Genius Beast (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.
Tazahum (USA) 5-2 (8-12) In touch in rear, effort over 1f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, led post, won at Sandown 1m Listed stks 3yo (1) gs in May beating Fury (8-12) by ns, 5 ran.