KINGSGATE NATIVE returned to form with a vengeance at Goodwood and can grab his second Nunthorpe at the main expense of Art Connoisseur and Radiohead. With a plumb draw down the centre, fast ground, and plenty of pace on everything is right for the four-year-old to repeat his 2007 success when with John Best. The colt sweated up plenty before winning with authority last time, so that should not put us off having an interest and he looks the one to beat. Art Connoisseur finished well in front of the selection at Royal Ascot, but Sir Michael Stoute's runner was too bad to be true there and now it is Michael Bell's representative who has it to prove. His was an equally dismal effort in the July Cup and the yard has been in better form. Benbaun owes his connections nothing after a string of valuable wins in an excellent career. However, those successes have included just one in this exhalted company and despite having conditions to suit he is likely to find one or two too good. Amour Propre was well beaten in the King's Stand but with the three-year-old allowance is worth another try against the big boys. Borderlescott won last year's delayed Newmarket renewal after this card was washed out and he commands plenty of respect, but has it all to do to reverse Goodwood form with the selection. Ialysos looked particularly good in the paddock that day but did not match that on the racetrack and a bigger danger may well by Radiohead. Brian Meehan pitches the juvenile in against 16 older opponents, and the Johannesburg colt is completely unexposed and receiving a sizeable allowance. He is drawn just a couple away from the selection and it could be a fascinating battle between the pair, but we will side with the experience of Kingsgate Native to regain this particular crown.
Benbaun (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, challenged 2f out, improved to lead 1 1/2f out, ridden and kept on well final furlong, won at Curragh 5f Grp 3 gf in Jun beating Snaefell (9-8) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Borderlescott 9-4fav (9-0) With leaders towards centre, ridden and every chance approaching 2f out, kept on to chase winner entering final furlong, stayed on same pace towards finish, 4th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Kingsgate Native (9-0) at Goodwood 5f Grp 3 (1) gd in Jul.
Captain Gerrard (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden and pressing leaders inside final furlong, ran on to take 2nd last strides, but not pace of winner, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Borderlescott (9-0) at Chester 5f Listed stks (1) gf in Jul.
Dandy Man (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Prominent near stand rail, led going well over 2f out, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, one pace and hung right inside final furlong, 5th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Kingsgate Native (9-0) at Goodwood 5f Grp 3 (1) gd in Jul.
Equiano (FR) 14-1 (9-0) Stumbled badly leaving stalls, well in rear, headway and centre 2f out, no extra inside final 1f, 8th of 17, 6l behind Kingsgate Native (9-0) at Goodwood 5f Grp 3 (1) gd in Jul.
Ialysos (GR) 6-1 (9-5) Raced towards centre, with leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon edging right, weakened final 1f, 13th of 17, 10l behind Kingsgate Native (9-0) at Goodwood 5f Grp 3 (1) gd in Jul.
Kingsgate Native (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Raced near stand rail, in touch, good headway travelling well 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, ran on strongly, driven clear, won at Goodwood 5f Grp 3 (1) gd in Jul beating Total Gallery (8-10) by 2 3/4l, 17 ran.
Moorhouse Lad 12-1 (9-0) Raced towards centre, chased leaders, weakening when slightly hampered inside final 2f, 11th of 17, 9l behind Kingsgate Native (9-0) at Goodwood 5f Grp 3 (1) gd in Jul.
Mythical Flight (SAF) 20-1 (9-4) Held up behind, hampered and checked well over 1f out, not recover, 11th of 15, 9l behind Scenic Blast (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 stks (1) gf in Jun.
Reverence 40-1 (9-0) Behind, headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, 9th of 17, 6l behind Kingsgate Native (9-0) at Goodwood 5f Grp 3 (1) gd in Jul.
Tax Free (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, effort when hampered and checked over 1f out, weakened quickly afterwards, 14th of 15, 15l behind Scenic Blast (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 stks (1) gf in Jun.
Amour Propre 4-1 (8-12) Close up, ridden over 1f out, found nil, soon beaten and weakened final furlong, 10th of 15, 8l behind Scenic Blast (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 stks (1) gf in Jun.
Art Connoisseur (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Always in rear, weakened 2f out, soon eased, 12th of 13, 20l behind Fleeting Spirit (9-2) at Newmarket 6f Grp 1 stks (1) gf in Jul.
Look Busy (IRE) 3-1fav (9-5) Missed break, raced far side, behind, headway over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 6th of 16, 2l behind Pavershooz (8-9) at Ayr 5f hcap (2) gd in Jul.
Excellerator (IRE) 13-2 (8-0) With leaders, raced keenly, led 3f out, hung left from over 2f out, headed entering final furlong, not quicken, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Doncaster Rover (8-5) at Haydock 6f cond Stakes (2) gf in Jul.
Mythical Border (USA) 9-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, never near leaders, 14th of 16, 13l behind Serious Attitude (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll Grp 1 (1) gf in Oct.
Radiohead 10-1 (9-1) Ponied to start, pulled hard, hung right, held up in rear, good headway towards stands rails when badly hampered well over 1f out, soon recovered to challenge over 1f out, strong run to lead final 150 yards, won going away, won at Royal Ascot 5f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun beating Reignier (9-1) by 2l, 11 ran.