The Aidan O’Brien-trained Keats caught the eye when finishing fourth on his debut at the Curragh and is expected to come on for that run. He was slowly into stride on his first outing but kept on in the final furlong, and should get off the mark here.
There are plenty of well-bred newcomers in this field, including Nitro Express, who makes his debut with the Roger Charlton yard going well.
This Dubawi colt is out of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf and French 1,000 Guineas winner Flotilla and makes plenty of appeal on paper.
Raasel clocked a good time on testing ground when winning on debut at Bath and is sure to improve now stepping up to six furlongs. He travelled well at Bath and showed a pleasing attitude under pressure to fend off the favourite.
That should stand him in good stead and he gets the nod over Kuwait Direction, who was beaten less than four lengths in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot in June when last seen.
This is an open-looking handicap but Precious Moments narrowly gets the vote after belatedly getting off the mark at the Curragh. That looked a good opportunity for the consistent filly and she duly obliged, not needing to work hard to prevail.
She has some solid form to her name and might yet be capable of better, so she is narrowly preferred to Divine Spirit, who has finished runner-up at Group 3 and listed level on her last two starts.
Majestic Dawn has run in some strong handicaps this season and deservedly got his head in front last time in a lesser contest at Nottingham. He showed a determined attitude that day, clearly handles testing ground well and a 5 lb higher mark may not be enough to deny him back-to-back victories.
Rainbow Dreamer has his sights lowered here and can make his presence felt off a mark just 2 lb higher than the one he defied at Southwell in February.
He sports cheekpieces today and is three from three when wearing the headgear. Graceful Lady won this race last year and can put in another bold bid, despite being 10 lb higher.
Chartered took a big step forward when winning on soft ground at Goodwood in June, quickening well to win with plenty in hand.
Ralph Beckett’s well-bred filly was clearly suited by the stiffer test of stamina at Goodwood, relishing the step up to a mile and a half, and she remains with the potential to do better under these conditions.
Severnaya struck at Newcastle on debut and then overcame a six-month absence to follow up in good style at Chepstow last time. She travelled strongly at Chepstow, leading on the bridle before drawing clear approaching the final furlong, and she remains open to plenty of improvement after just two starts.
She can win on handicap debut and start making up for lost time.