Bred in the purple, a Dubawi colt who is a half-brother to three winners, most notably the high-class Barney Roy, Noble Dynasty arrives here with a huge price tag on his head, 3.6 million guineas to be exact, so plenty is expected from him on debut.
Trueshan improved with every run last season, winning four times, including in the Old Rowley Cup over this course and distance, and when lowering the colours of fellow progressive stayer Hamish in a minor event at Newbury. He is up in class here but emerged as one of the most improved three-year-old stayer last season, and is a very big player on his reappearance.
Davydenko met with defeat just once last term, when failing to give his running in the Britannia at Royal Ascot, but that aside, his progression was impressive, culminating with victory at Doncaster to take his career tally to four wins from six races. Sir Michael Stoute’s horses often improve with age and this one looks a Group-winner in waiting.
Trefoil overcame greenness and asserted in some style late on to win over a mile here on her debut in October, form that has since proven strong with a couple of subsequent winners emerging from the race, including current Derby fancy English King. She is bred to be useful or better over middle distances, so this step up in trip should eke out further improvement, making her the clear one to beat.
Millisle progressed well over sprint trips last season and wrapped up her juvenile campaign in fine style when forging away inside the last to land the Chevely Park here in September. It was clear that her stamina was coming through at the end of a strongly-run race on that occasion, leaving the impression that this step up to a mile may be within her remit, so she gets the vote ahead of the unbeaten Quadrilateral.
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Ebury looked rejuvenated after five months off at Ascot in September, showing improved form to make his turf debut a winning one, and he continued his progression when finding only one with a similar profile too good over this course and distance on his final appearance in November. He remains a low-mileage colt and rates a big player here with the potential for further progress.
A 75,000 guineas son of Kingman, King Leonidas made plenty of appeal on paper on his debut and had little trouble in making a winning start, looking a useful prospect open to significant improvement. There are plenty of interesting sorts in this race, Eastern World and Winter Reprise immediately jump out as leading contenders, but it is hard to look beyond John Gosden’s charge, who is surely destined for much better things.
Spectrum Of Light showed plenty to work with on his debut at Newcastle in December, finishing strongly into second ahead of a couple of subsequent winners. He has been gelded already, but should be open to further improvement, and is taken to make his experience count here ahead of newcomers Sunray Major and My Oberon.
Al Maysan defied a penalty to make it two wins from two runs in a minor event at Newcastle in January, and though he didn’t win either of those races by very far, he is open to further progress upped in trip for his handicap debut. Vindicate has plainly made a good start to his career, confirming the promise of his debut with victory at Chelmsford last time, and must be taken seriously on what is also his first attempt in handicap company.
Motagally followed up his Brighton win with a career-best performance at Wolverhampton back in October, getting the perfect tow into the race before pulling clear to win with plenty in hand. That form has since received a boost, and with Charlie Hills’s runners bang in form at the minute, this potentially smart gelding looks sure to go well again in his hat-trick bid.
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