Harrovian regained the winning thread as he picked up his second career victory at Yarmouth in September, and was actually value for a bit extra too, waiting for a gap before quickening to lead inside the final 100 yards. He can have a line put through his subsequent run, when last of seven at York the following month, with conditions far from suitable. He appeals as the type to bounce back now returned to firmer ground, so he gets the vote in the opener.
Kipps showed plenty to work with on his debut at Wolverhampton, getting close to making a winning start despite greenness in what has since proven a hot contest, and he didn’t need to improve to get off the mark at the second attempt, landing another strong-looking event at Lingfield over Christmas. There are plenty of appealing types in this race, but Hughie Morgan’s charge looks the one to side with on his handicap debut.
Fanny Logan proved prolific last season, winning five times from her eight runs, three times at listed level and once in a Newmarket Group 3. She finished her season with a good fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, leaving the impression that the 10f trip didn’t quite get to the bottom of her, so this extra distance should prove right up her street.
Elarqam went from strength to strength last season, claiming victories at Goodwood, Sandown and York, before putting up a mighty effort behind Japan in the Juddmonte at the latter course. He confirmed himself a bonafide Group 1 horse with that performance and can kick off another good campaign with victory here. Sangarius is a potential top-level performer open to plenty of improvement and represents the main danger.
Safe Voyage landed a hat-trick of victories at this venue at the beginning of last season, including this race, and continued in excellent form with some very good efforts in defeat, notably when making the frame in Prix de la Foret at Longchamp and QEII at Ascot. This may be a strong race for the grade but it is still a drop in class for John Quinn’s charge, who is taken to claim his fifth successive victory at this track.
Sarsaparilla makes plenty of appeal on paper on her debut, a 130,000 yearling with an eye-catching pedigree, and given trainer John Gosden has already put her name forward for Royal Ascot, anything other than a victory here would be underwhelming.
Maid In India goes very well fresh, as demonstrated by her reappearance victory in the Achilles Stakes here last year. Her follow up run is easily excused, particularly as she went on to post a career best effort to land a Group 3 at Newbury on her only other outing last season (again after a break), so she gets the nod ahead of Royal Intervention and Liberty Beach in a highly competitive renewal of this race.
Toro Dorado saw his form take off on the all-weather this winter, winning four of his five outings, and there is every chance he can prove as effective on the grass this season, particularly from what appears a very handy mark.
The Dancing Poet made a successful hurdling debut on his first start for Brian Ellison at Catterick in January, and proved himself in similar form when a close second in a jumpers bumper at Wolverhampton eight weeks later. He may be able to build on that effort and holds leading claims in a trappy affair, with Kermouster and Sudona two others of interest.
Maori Knight improved on his debut form at the second attempt when scoring with plenty in hand at Chelmford in February, winding things up from three furlongs out before forging clear in the straight, eventually winning by five lengths having been eased down late on. He looks to have plenty of size about him and is open to further improvement now upped in trip.
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