Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 09:26 08/07/2015
Newmarket's July meeting gets underway on Thursday afternoon and features a couple of Group 2 contests - the Arqana July Stakes at 2.40 and, thirty five minutes later, the Princess Of Wales's Arqana Racing Club Stakes.
The former boasts a strong field of two-year-olds, with Royal Ascot's Windsor Castle second and third Areen and Safety Pace sure to prove popular. However, it the mile and a half race for three-year-olds and older which makes more appeal as a betting median.
The field of eight is headed by the unbeaten Mahsoob - who is as short as 6-4 to make it five from five - but the John Gosden-trained son of Dansili will be stepping up markedly in class following three handicap victories this season and looks worth taking on at a short price.
Luca Cumani's Second Step took the scalp of Telescope last time, but may have been flattered against that unpredictable customer and has to concede 3lb to the rest of the field.
Sir Michael Stoute's Hillstar found only Cavalryman a neck too good in this race 12 months ago and is capable of going close again, but it is stablemate Gospel Choir who is fancied to come out on top at the 4-1 available with Ladbrokes
The mount of Ryan Moore is unbeaten in his last three starts including a neck victory over Tac De Boistron in last season's Skybet Yorkshire Cup. Not seen again until reappearing in Newmarket's Fred Archer Stakes towards the end of last month - when getting the better of Dubday by a short head with the rest of the field well strung out.
Time may show that to be a decent effort and, with it being Gospel Choir's first outing for over 13 months, the Galileo gelding should come on plenty for the run and is taken to lower the colours of Mahsoob for the first time.
1 Point Win Gospel Choir 4-1 Ladbrokes