Mehmas: could now go to GoodwoodPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Mehmas a convincing winner of July Stakes
Report: Newmarket, Thursday
Arqana July Stakes (Group 2) 6f, 2yo colts & geldings
MEHMAS scored convincingly as the 11-4 favourite under Frankie Dettori, holding off a late charge from Intelligence Cross as Ryan Moore and Aidan O'Brien were denied a quick double.
The son of Acclamation was denied on soft ground at Royal Ascot by a Ballydoyle contender in the form of the much lauded Caravaggio, however on this occasion once Dettori hit the front with over a furlong remaining there was no catching him on this quicker surface.
Under a hold-up ride from Ryan Moore, Intelligence Cross rallied in the closing stages but could not land a blow in finishing second at 7-1. Broken Stones came third at 8-1 for trainer Kevin Ryan.
"He's very uncomplicated," said Dettori. "He has a kick so it's up to me to push the button."
This was a fifth success in seven years in this race for the Hannon yard, as Richard Hannon jnr continued the dominance of his father, and he was delighted with the performance of his charge.
"He really deserved that after the Coventry. He's a professional and is much better on fast ground," commented Hannon.
The next task for Mehmas looks likely to be the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood, given the owner Al Shaqab Racing's affinity with the race. Hannon continued, "We'll go to Goodwood and the Richmond Stakes next as that meeting is sponsored by his owner."
Housesofparliament (left, purple): was cut to 12-1 for the St LegerPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Also on Thursday
Bahrain Trophy (Group 3) 1m5f, 3yo
HOUSESOFPARLIAMENT was cut to 12-1 for the St Leger after making a late rally under Ryan Moore to win the Bahrain Trophy and provide trainer Aidan O'Brien with the perfect start to the July festival.
The son of Galileo was last seen finishing fourth in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and demonstrated here that the extra furlong was well within his capabilities.
Since being upgraded to a Group 3 contest in 2009 this race has proved a decent pointer to the St Leger, and Housesofparliament will be hoping to emulate the 2011 Bahrain Trophy winner Masked Marvel who went on to win the Doncaster Classic two months later.
Coolmore's Kevin Buckley said: "That was the best ground he's encountered all year and it was obviously to his liking. He saw out the step up in trip fine, Ryan said he probably went a little sooner than he wanted to but the horse responded well. We've got more options now and let's hope the weather stays good."
Tracking the leaders in mid-division, Moore made his move inside the furlong marker as the field split into two. The pace looked to be stronger on the far side with Harrison and Harbour Law battling it out, however Housesofparliament and Platitude rallied late to contest the finish in the middle of the track.