A fantastic juvenile Group race in which favourites have taken four of the last six renewals. Today we plump for CORPORAL MADDOX whose experience of different racetracks may stand him in good stead here. Karl Burke's progressive colt got going too late in France last time and it is easy to see why connections have stepped him back up in trip. This seventh furlong is an unknown but he certainly shapes as if he'll get it and with an Epsom win under his belt, he should handle this course better than some. Dreamspeed belied his inexperience and a slow start to run on strongly up the hill at Sandown earlier this month and this half-brother to Dream Eater is highly thought-of, whilst Chaperno represents the yard that took this race in 2007 and bought last year's winner. Big Audio lost his race in the dip at Newmarket last time and one would have to worry about how he will handle the course today, so the Chesham winner is taken on, as is Lucky General who was behind Roi De Vitesse in the Superlative Stakes as well last time out. Extension is interesting given his ability to win here on debut and he was then a gallant second in the Coventry Stakes; the step up in trip today should hold no fears for this son of Xaar. A 3lb weight allowance for the filly She's A Character may not be quite enough for Richard Fahey's runner to overhaul the boys, so a bigger threat may be Paul Cole's duo. Both have gone pretty much under the radar so far this season and of the pair it is Mata Keranjang who made his debut in a Deauville Listed contest who makes most appeal now up in trip. An exhilarating feast in store, where Corporal Maddox can stand to attention.
Big Audio (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, pushed along halfway, effort on rail when not clear run inside final furlong, not recover, 7th of 8, 4l behind Silver Grecian (9-0) at Newmarket 7f (1) gf.
Chaperno (USA) 13-8fav (9-3) Held up in touch, smooth headway on bit 2f out, soon challenging, led over 1f out, shaken up and quickened clear, won at York 6f 2yo mdn aut (4) gf beating Iron Velvet (9-3) by 4l, 13 ran.
Corporal Maddox 11-4 (8-11) 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Dolled Up (8-10) at Chantilly(FR) 5f stk gd.
Dreamspeed (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Bumped and hampered start, held up in rear, steady progress on outside from over 2f out, shaken up over 1f out, sustained run and pushed along to lead final 75 yards, won going away, won at Sandown 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd beating Poor Prince (9-3) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Ishtar Gate (USA) 25-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to lead final strides, won at Leicester 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jun beating Contract Caterer (9-0) by hd, 8 ran.
Lucky General (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, not clear run 2f out, soon ridden, hung left inside final furlong, driven and stayed on towards finish, 4th of 8, 2l behind Silver Grecian (9-0) at Newmarket 7f (1) gf.
Mata Keranjang (USA) (9-2) 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Sorciere (8-12) at Deauville(FR) 5f stk.
Roi de Vitesse (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, led inside final furlong, soon headed and kept on, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Silver Grecian (9-0) at Newmarket 7f (1) gf.
Xtension (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Behind, well outpaced over 2f out, headway over 1f out, ran on strongly inside final furlong, took 2nd close home, no danger to winner, 2nd of 13, 6l behind Canford Cliffs (9-1) at Royal Ascot 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
She's A Character 11-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, behind stands' side, steady headway from over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 22, 6l behind Habaayib (8-12) at Royal Ascot 6f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.