He is a typical late maturing type from Michael Stoute’s top outfit. Melting Dew has looked very good and has been on the improve, which he showed by winning on a couple of occasions last season. It’s a big ask returning of top weight in a very competitive contest, however, the team are red-hot and having Ryan Moore booked doesn’t do his chances any harm.
Only second in on official ratings, but that should help make the market in our favour. Veracious, again, is a lightly raced improver and this is a perfect starting point in group company. Surely, bigger targets on the horizon throughout the year. However, this is not a strong renewal it has to be said.
He already has strong C&D form here when trained by Charlie Hills, but lost his way since. Gunmetal was bought by new connections and he quickly regained his form by winning the great St Wilfrid at Ripon. This is high class two handicap company and surely a return to group races beckons this season for him.
She was a bit of an eyecatcher when chasing home Just Wonderful here last season and she made no mistake on her return for 1000 Guineas prep at Newbury. Given her style, she will need a little luck in this 15-runner contest. The fact remains though that she has plenty of untapped potential.
He has found a very winnable opportunity for the money and so makes the long trip north from Newmarket. Last time out Deputise was in a dingdong battle up to the line on all-weather finals day at Lingfield. A drop of a furlong looks sure to suit him on this stiff track.
He hasn’t been up to scratch recently in top staying company at Musselburgh and Ripon, but has dropped down to a very realistic mark. Eye of the Storm’s connections take another 5 pounds off here, with the useful Sean Davies in the saddle and he looks ready to roll, having run well at this track off a low 90s rating last year.