Murillo wasn’t beaten very far behind impressive 2000 Guineas winner Saxon Warrior. He was the standout in the prelims that day and it’s no surprise that they’ve dropped this son of Scat Daddy back down to sprinting. He comes out joint top-rated along with Cardsharp but there is a strong possibility he’s not at his ceiling yet.
Old Persian boasts some very solid juvenile form and has continued that progression this campaign in his three-year-old season. He is 13lbs clear on official ratings and he looks the cornerstone of many an accumulator for Saturday’s racing.
Crystal Ocean is a typical late improving type from the Sir Michael Stoute stable. An excellent second in the St Leger last year when his stamina was stretched, he made a fantastic return to action over 10 furlongs and up to a more suitable 1½m today is impossible to oppose.
Mutaaqeb put up a very smart performance to win his maiden and then followed that up with an excellent second in Listed’s company at Doncaster. The way he hit the line on that occasion over 6f means that, for his return start this year, moving up a furlong to seven is absolutely ideal and this well-bred, lightly-raced improver can take care of a few more experienced rivals.
Mekong needed both outings as a juvenile but made no mistake on his reappearance effort this year at Leicester when stepped up in trip, looking much more in keeping with his pedigree. That was under heavy conditions but he should be suited by the quicker ground here and an opening handicap mark of 85 looks well within reach.
Showmethedough was a massive disappointment just 10 days ago when a well punted beaten favourite at Chester. The tricky nature of that track could well have been his undoing and he still remains with plenty of potential now returned to a much more galloping track. The trainer-jockey combination are red hot after a successful Dante meeting.
Addeybb has been super impressive in both starts this season – bolting up in the Lincoln handicap at Doncaster and then making no mistake at group 2 level at Sandown. These two runs were under soft conditions and this will be the fastest surface he has raced on to date. I’m a great believer that you can get them to go on a quick surface and, at the prices, I think he represents good value.