MONTIRIDGE just failed to hold off the attentions of Gale Force Ten in the Jersey Stakes at Ascot last time. Arguably even better over this extra furlong, the Hannon colt can return to winning ways. Ashdan is the most interesting of today's opposition on his first start since finishing fourth to Dawn Approach in last year's Dewhurst. But the suspicion he'll come into his own over middle-distances is given some credence by an entry in the Great Voltigeur St Leger trial at York next month and Alhebayeb makes more appeal on this occasion. The latter's latest fourth at Haydock gives him the edge over the less exposed Race And Status and the disappointing Fantastic Moon.
Montiridge (IRE) 15-2 (9-1) Raced centre, held up in touch, headway 2f out, not clear run and switched sharply left inside final 2f, chased leader over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, caught final strides, 2nd of 21, hd behind Gale Force Ten (9-1) at Royal Ascot 7f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Alhebayeb (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Shebebi (8-2) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp (2) fm in May.
Ashdan 9-2 (9-1) Dwelt held up in touch in rear, ridden over 2f out, effort over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 6, 8l behind Dawn Approach (9-1) at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gs in Oct.
Cape Peron 6-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, held up in rear, smooth headway near side approaching final 2f, still plenty to do 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, run flattened out towards finish, 5th of 27, 2 3/4l behind Roca Tumu (8-12) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jun.
Fantastic Moon 16-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, tracked leaders and keen after 3f, chased leader over 2f out until over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 9l behind Hillstar (8-12) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Race And Status (IRE) 7-2 (8-13) Took keen hold towards rear, effort 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 16l behind Intello (8-13) at Newmarket 1m 1f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Apr.