Alrajaa completed his hat-trick in style at Kempton last month and, despite going up 7lb for that performance, he is clearly the horse to beat. Alrajaa has improved with each start this season and has been especially impressive on the all-weather the last twice, making light of an 11lb hike in the weights to score at Kempton last time.
He could prove to be a cut above this level and, with further improvement on the cards, he can strike again for John Gosden. Ptarmigan Ridge isn’t open to the same level of improvement as Alrajaa but appears to be on a handy mark and ran well at Haydock on his latest start. He can give the selection the most to do.
Canton Queen has yet to win this year but she has been lightly raced and has performed with credit in some competitive contests. She finished fifth behind Dutch Treat at Newmarket last time, but may be able to reverse form with that rival on these revised terms.
Canton Queen has put together three solid efforts in succession and could still have a bit more to offer after a light campaign comprising four starts. This looks an easier task than some she has faced this season and she gets the nod over Dutch Treat.
Gifted Master took this race in 2017 and ran well to finish runner-up last time so has to enter calculations. However, he’s likely to be prominent in the market, so those looking for one at a bigger price might be interested in Show Stealer, who posted a career-best when winning a Kempton handicap this month.
She ran out an authoritative winner in a race that wasn’t necessarily run to suit, doing well to make up ground from the rear, and this course-and-distance winner is well worth a crack at this level.
*Prices correct at time of publishing