First run off the plane is the right time to catch the Dubai horses and Benbatl fits the profile. Having run in all the top races last year he has decent foundation form and he continued that winning sequence over in the sunshine this winter, with the filly Rhododendron likely to be a warm order we can expect a decent price.
Cosmic Law was mightily impressive when bolting up at Epsom last time. Quite a tall and leggy individual, the track was not expected to suit. Back on a more conventional track we can expect another jolt of improvement and his sire No Nay Never won at the Royal meeting previously. He has the profile and the pedigree to boot.
Lady Aurelia brings in a perfect two-from-two record at the racecourse. Admittedly her return to action was slightly disappointing when second at Keeneland, however I look at the winning time and realise it was still a good effort covering the 5 1/2 furlongs in a rocket one minute and two seconds. She will be off and gone on the front end.
Without Parole looked a potential superstar on his first to start with a wide margin of successes, but was made to work much harder when winning and the softer conditions at Sandown last time. Given quicker conditions and a stronger pace we can see the real Without Parole turn up on the big day. He is the lightly raced improver in the lineup and we might be in for something spectacular.
A 220,000 Guineas half-brother to the wonderful Red Caduax, White Desert has never tried anything like the extreme distance of this 2 1/2 mile test but his pedigree screams that he is ready for the step up in distance. His ‘lazy’ racing style should be well in his favour in this marathon test, so expect him to be flying late on.
Morando ran an absolute blinder on his return when unlucky in the Gordon Richards stakes at Sandown. Given that the trainer’s horses were not in form at that particular time, the run can be upgraded. He wasn’t cheap – a 290,000 Guineas purchase from the Roger Varian stable, he can start to pay back some of that with a Royal Ascot victory.