Racing: Desert Prince can overrule the Doctor

Racing analyses today's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

Simon Holt
Friday 25 September 1998 23:02

Almushtarak: Progressive earlier in the season, winning a Group Two race at Sandown and finishing second to Among Men in Sussex Stakes at Goodwood but below that form recently. Only sixth behind Desert Prince at Longchamp latest start.

Among Men: In grand form to land the Sussex Stakes (from Almushtarak) in July and then just failed to catch Japanese-trained Taiki Shuffle at Deauville (Prix Jacques le Marois).

Cape Cross: Smart front-running miler, surprise winner of the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in May and beaten less than a length when third to Taiki Shuffle and Among Men at Deauville.

Desert Prince: Winner of Irish 2,000 Guineas in May but thought by his trainer to have improved since early summer and proved the point in the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp recently. Earlier set very strong pace and got tired when second to Dr Fong over this course and distance.

Dr Fong: Outstayed Desert Prince in a stirring battle for the St James's Palace Stakes here at the Royal meeting in June but only scraped home at Maisons-Laffitte the following month. Clear chance on best form.

Muhtathir: Unbeaten since finishing second (Desert Prince, improved since, third) in the French 2,000 Guineas in May, completing a hat-trick at Doncaster, Newbury and Goodwood (from Almushtarak). Still on the upgrade.

Second Empire: Top juvenile who has not quite lived up to expectations; third to Desert Prince in the Irish 2,000 Guineas and Prix du Moulin. Does not always find much of the bridle.

Conclusion: DESERT PRINCE looked an improved performer in France last time and, if ridden with more restraint than when beaten by Dr Fong here in June, can turn the tables. Among Men is thoroughly reliable and is sure to make another bold showing.

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