DANCHAI is the least exposed but not far behind other leading contenders on his nine-length demolition of the opposition at Hamilton last month. He gets the vote to go on to better things here while Nicholascopernicus finished ahead of Samba King at Ascot back in June and should come out best of that pair once again. Freddy Q and The Quarterjack are more closely matched on their latest running at Goodwood and winning debutant Muharrer is facing different conditions having won over 1m2f on fast ground. Commitment has failed to fulfil his early season promise and the jury is out on him at present.
Samba King 16-1 (9-7) Chased leading pair, went 2nd over 3f out, led 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, one pace and no impression inside final furlong, lost 2nd last strides, 3rd of 13, 2l behind Stature (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft in Jul.
Nicholascopernicus (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Held up in 5th place, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, led 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed 1f out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Pallasator (9-7) at Haydock 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) hvy in Sep.
Danchai 8-13fav (9-3) Led 1f, tracked leader, led over 4f out, clear over 1f out, eased last 100 yards, won at Hamilton 1m 1f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) hvy in Sep beating Kept (9-3) by 9l, 7 ran.
Commitment 9-2 (9-2) Towards rear, pushed along 3f out, ridden 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 9, 8l behind Emerald Wilderness (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Sep.
Freddy Q (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, effort to join leader 2f out, ridden to lead just inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Ghost Protocol (9-7) at Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Daneking 5-1 (9-5) Held up, headway over 5f out, went 2nd 4f out, led over 1f out, soon headed, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Bank Bonus (9-7) at Chester 1m 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Sep.
Muharrer 6-1 (9-4) Dwelt, behind, in touch halfway, ridden and wide over 2f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Pontefract 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Sep beating Fly Solo (9-4) by 1l, 8 ran.
Princess Caetani (IRE) 6-1 (8-8) Tracked leader, ridden to lead 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, kept on same pace, 6th of 9, 4l behind Surprise Moment (9-6) at Newmarket 1m 4f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Sep.
Star Date (IRE) 11-4fav (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 12, 6l behind New Hampshire (9-10) at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
The Quarterjack 5-1 (8-12) Led, headed over 6f out, tracked leader, ridden to again approaching 2f out, headed just inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Ghost Protocol (9-7) at Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.