Additional has a wide draw to overcome, but he made a very encouraging debut in a minor event at Yarmouth last time. That looked a good race and, although the winner was a little underwhelming up in grade at Royal Ascot on his next start, the runner-up (who was backed as though defeat was out of the question) ran a very good race in the Britannia. Additional is bred to be smart (half-brother to his stable’s Group 1 winner Acclaim), and there should be plenty of improvement in him now.
Brook On Fifth made a winning debut over seven furlongs at this course last season, and that form is solid enough. He started the 2/1 second-favourite for a Group 3 over this course and distance on his next start, and though he wasn’t in the same form, it wouldn’t be wise to judge him on that. Admittedly, he was underwhelming on his reappearance, but that was also at Group 3 level, and it is also best not to judge him too harshly, having the worst of the draw and left poorly placed after suffering interference. Brook On Fifth enters handicaps from what looks a fair mark, and he remains unexposed.
Tonkinese is yet to win for Joseph O’Brien, but there is no doubt he is capable of winning a race of this nature. He shaped well returned to turf on his first start for four months at Fairyhouse last week, keeping on well in second without making an impression on the winner. Tonkinese comes out well on these terms, is entitled to strip fitter for that run, and represents a yard that have started well since the resumption of racing.