Park Hill Stakes
Thursday 14th September, 15:00
1. ALYSSA (Ralph Beckett/Pat Dobbs)
Progressive in 2016, winning three times, including listed race at Ascot. Below form on reappearance in May but career-best effort when one and three quarter lengths third to Nearly Caught in 2m listed race at Sandown last time, enterprisingly ridden. Given break since.
2. DUBKA (Sir Michael Stoute/Ryan Moore)
Stocky filly who was second in both Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock in June and Lillie Langtry Stakes at Goodwood (neck behind Endless Time) in August. Best excused latest run in Ebor Handicap, racing close to strong pace and short of room late on. Acts on any ground.
3. GROOVEJET (Richard Spencer/Stevie Donohoe)
Useful handicapper but good three quarter-length third to Fire Jet at Newmarket last time doesn't disguise the fact that her last win came three and a half years ago. Likely to be outclassed.
4. HARLEQUEEN (Mick Channon/Graham Lee)
No win since debut in 2015 but returned to form when two lengths third to My Reward in listed handicap at Chester last time, well positioned. Often races prominently, usually races freely, but needs to improve to win here.
5. NATURAL SCENERY (Saeed Bin Surroor/Jim Crowley)
Smart handicapper who won at Newcastle in both January and February, and returned there to finish second of 20 to Higher Power in Northumberland Plate in July. Unlucky not to finish closer when two lengths third to Nakeeta in Ebor at York last time, and has leading form claims here despite the rise in grade.
6. SWEET SELECTION (Hughie Morrison/Adam Kirby)
Most progressive in 2016, culminating in victory in 33-runner Cesarewitch at Newmarket. Won Sagaro Stakes at Ascot (by one and a half lengths) on return and ran well up in grade twice since, though below form when only ninth in Goodwood Cup last time. Tried in blinkers, including latest start, and now needs to bounce back.
7. ALJEZEERA (Luca Cumani/Frankie Dettori)
Tall, lightly-raced filly who has plenty of scope. Won maiden at Doncaster only two-year-old start and looked rusty after three months off when three and a quarter lengths third to Fleur Forsyte in listed race at York last time, last and going nowhere three furlongs out but finishing well. Shapes like this longer trip will suit and remains with potential.
8. DETAILED (Joseph O'Brien/Andrea Atzeni)
Well-bred, progressive handicapper who won at Ballinrobe in July and the Curragh (by six and a half lengths) in August. Resumed progress when readily following up in seven-runner event at Roscommon last time and warrants plenty of respect given her clear upward curve.
9. MELODIC MOTION (Ralph Beckett/Oisin Murphy)
Won handicaps at Pontefract and Goodwood in May and completed hat-trick at Newmarket in July. Met with defeat but improved again when half-length third to Endless Time in Lillie Langtry Stakes at Goodwood last time, and hasn't finished progressing yet. Merits plenty of respect.
10. WILD IRISH ROSE (Aidan O'Brien/Wayne Lordan)
Busy filly who won handicap at Fairyhouse and listed race at Leopardstown (by half a length from Wingingit) in July. Off just five days before a creditable three lengths third to Eziyra in Group 3 at Cork last time. Needs to find more improvement to feature.
Timeform Park Hill Stakes 1-2-3
1. Melodic Motion
3. Natural Scenery
Timeform Analyst's Park Hill Stakes Verdict:
This is very open. There's little to separate MELODIC MOTION, Dubka and Natural Scenery on their Glorious Goodwood Lillie Langtry form but the first-named should have scope for further progress given her lightly-raced profile and can provide Qatar Racing and Ralph Beckett with a second successive winner in this race. Aljezeera and Detailed are others likely to be in the mix.