The rise to a route proved the making of DESBORDES at Aqueduct and she strode right away from her rivals. She is marginally preferred to Be Magic, who did something similar at the same track a month earlier. Super Twenty Seven is another last-start scorer to consider.
Bronx Bomber was a couple of lengths away from completing an Aqueduct three-timer and will run his race again, but BUSTIN SHOUT was at the top of his game prior to finding 1m beyond him there and he can bounce back. Shamrock Kid did it well over a mile last time but could be done for pace now.
PORTFOLIO HEDGE displayed plenty of potential in two starts last autumn, filling the runner-up berth here and at Aqueduct, and providing he is fit enough to do himself justice, he can make it third-time lucky. Danfusi also returns from the sidelines with major claims, with Stash My Money capable of making the frame again.
HANNAH’S SMILE is seemingly difficult to keep sound, but she has won three of her last four starts and could well strike again. Stone Tornado struck the crossbar in an Italian Group 3 latest and she merits respect, as does Lady Lawyer, who was formerly trained by John Gosden in England.
A D’ORO has been edging closer to the target with each start thus far and she looks sure to play a leading role in this event. High School Crush and Deja Raconte are also expected to go well.
RIKEN gamely held on to win a richer prize at Aqueduct last time and he has every chance if arriving in the same determined mood. There are plenty of others with claims, however, including Empire Line and Le General.
BASQUIAT was an impressive winner on his debut at Gulfstream Park in April and that performance suggests that he should be capable of making his mark at this level. Others who merit respect are Country Grammer and Mystic Guide.
SADLER’S JOY performed well in a Grade 2 at Gulfstream when last seen in February and that form suggests that he is the one to beat this evening. That said, the likes of Focus Group, Channel Maker and Standard Deviation could give him plenty to think about.
Snicket and Dancing Kiki are the pick of those with previous form but the preference is for LA KARA MIA, who lacks race experience but she cost $775,000 as a yearling and is out of a top-class mare.