The runners with experience don’t set the bar that high in this one, so FINAL OFFER gets the vote to make a successful debut.
The daughter of Dark Angel is the pick of Frankie Dettori, from two John Gosden fillies in the race and she’s a full sister to two above-average sorts, including the smart Irish gelding San Andreas.
SWINDLER improved in three starts last year, winning twice at Ascot and culminating in a cosy success in a well-contested handicap in September.
There’s every chance he could go on to better things and is taken to make a winning start this term for Ed Walker. It’s worth noting he won first time out last season, landing a gamble in the process.
BRANDO is eight years old now but looked as good as ever when making the frame in Group 1 sprints on his last three starts last season.
He’s the one to beat, not least on his excellent record in this race which he won first time up in both 2017 and 2018 and in which he finished a very close third to Keystroke, who looks one of his main dangers again 12 months ago.
SANGARIUS had looked a very promising two-year-old when successful on his first two outings and fourth in the Dewhurst. He then looked a potential top-level performer last season when an impressive winner of the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot.
He could be a class above these rivals, but keep in mind that Sangarius has also been declared for the Brigadier Gerard Stakes on Sunday. So if he doesn’t show up here, Mythical Magic could be the one to side with having produced creditable performances when twice runner-up in Group 2 company at Meydan earlier this year.
GHAIYYATH is taken to see off top stayer Stradivarius in a cracking renewal of a Group 1 which has switched from its usual home of Epsom.
The front-running Ghaiyyath has an excellent record when fresh, as he showed twice on the continent last season. That means his break since his very easy reappearance win in Dubai in February is of no concern.
DUBAI INSTINCT gets the nod to come out on top in this competitive-looking handicap. Brian Meehan’s four-year-old was value for more than the half-length winning margin suggests when successful at Sandown on his final start last season and it is likely he still has more to offer.
Edinburgh Castle is sure to improve and can chase the selection home.
DELTA’S ROYALTY landed the odds on her debut at Kempton in December despite doing plenty wrong, but can put that experience to good use here.
By Galileo out of a mare who was a multiple Grade 1 winner in the States, this beautifully bred filly can defy a penalty with plenty of improvement on the cards.
RICETTA gets the nod to be another successful debutant on this card for the Gosden/Dettori combination in a race where newcomers are likely to come to the fore.
The selection takes the eye on pedigree as her dam is a half-sister to the stable’s top-class miler Kingman.
GUNMETAL became a little hit and miss after starting last season encouragingly, including when sixth in the Wokingham.
But, there’s no doubt he starts the current campaign on a handy mark and he could well be the way to go in the hope he’s ready to fire. He won over course and distance earlier in his career.
ICE LORD gets the vote in a typically competitive sprint handicap to finish the ten-race card.
Chris Wall’s charge shaped well on his reappearance over this course and distance last season and, having ended the campaign with a solid second at Newbury, he’s still operating on a handy mark.
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