Lennox Stakes 2016: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide
Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide to the Lennox Stakes, a Group 2 race taking place on the opening day of Glorious Goodwood 2016.
"Very much one to be interested in back over 7f and should be well suited by what promises to be a well-run race at the trip."
Tuesday July 26, 15:10
1. Buckstay (Peter Chapple-Hyam) Hold-up performer who won 7f handicaps at Newmarket and Ascot in 2015. Shaped well all three starts this year, namely third in Victoria Cup, fifth in Wokingham and ninth in Bunbury Cup, though he is always a hostage to fortune so it is hard to be confident about his first start outside of handicaps.
2. Dutch Connection (Charles Hills) Won Jersey Stakes last summer before runner-up efforts in Group 1 Prix Jean Prat and this race, and fifth in Sha Tin Mile. Again second to Toormore in Sandown Mile on reappearance, and quickly back on track following poor run in Lockinge when second to Mutakayyef in Summer Mile Stakes at Ascot last time. Very much one to be interested in back over 7f and should be well suited by what promises to be a well-run race at the trip.
3. Home of The Brave (Hugo Palmer) Progressive front runner who is very much a 7f specialist. First past the post in Group 3 at the Curragh last season (later disqualified due to prohibited substance) and landed both starts this term in Leicester listed race and Timeform Jury Stakes at Haydock, beating Convey by a neck in last-named. Clearly needs considering but potential competition for the lead from stablemate Gifted Master is a potential stumbling block.
4. Markaz (Owen Burrows) Won Group 3 last summer and held his form well in other pattern races. Not at best in listed races on first two starts this term but better than ever when winning Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle last time by length from Pretend. Return to 6f was probably the catalyst for his performance last time and needs to confirm that improvement back over this trip.
5. Tupi (Richard Hannon) Won listed races at Newmarket (7f and 1m) in 2015 but winless in nine starts since, disappointing in Wokingham at Ascot (first-time blinkers) and Chester listed race on last two occasions.
6. Birchwood (Richard Fahey) Smart at two last year, winning Superlative Stakes at Newmarket and close third in Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Bounced back from two poor efforts this term in first-time visor when winning 7f Chester listed race against elders last time, but even more needed again here.
7. Dream Dubai (Sylvester Kirk) Made winning debut at Lingfield and improved when second to Gifted Master in Pavilion Stakes at Ascot later in April. Disappointed next time but back to form when four lengths eighth in Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. Plenty more needed here and raced only at 6f.
8. Gifted Master (Hugo Palmer) Very progressive last year, winning last three starts, and returned better still, winning sales race at Newmarket and listed event at Ascot (both in April). Looked in need of return to 7f when third to Quiet Reflection over 6f at Haydock in May but not at his best in the Jersey back that that trip last time. Something to prove now, and front-running style could leave him vulnerable (faces competition for the lead here).
Timeform Lennox Stakes 1-2-3
1. Dutch Connection
2. Home Of The Brave
Timeform Analyst's Verdict:
DUTCH CONNECTION clearly stays 1m but his potent turn of foot is arguably seen to even better effect over 7f and the Charlie Hills-trained colt is taken to go one place better than 12 months ago. The front-running Home of The Brave is unlikely to give up his unbeaten record this year without a fight and looks next best ahead of Birchwood.