The vote goes to the only filly in the field, RISK OF THUNDER. She scored in good style last time and should have plenty more to offer.
There are several plausible candidates for second choice, with Gussy Mac narrowly preferred ahead of Significantly.
Godolphin three-year-old LAZULI (NAP) looks open to further progress at this trip and is taken to follow up his Scurry Stakes success.
Liberty Beach, the other C&D winner in the field, is feared most dropped back in class. A’Ali has major claims if returning to form, while Tis Marvellous and Maid In India look best of the older runners.
Cross Counter is respected back down in class, but preference is for SPANISH MISSION. He has strong form claims on a line through Gold Cup runner-up Nayef Road and has any amount of potential now trying 2m for the first time.
Dashing Willoughby is well worth another crack at this trip and also enters the reckoning.
There is little between DARK VISION and Montatham on Royal Hunt Cup form and this rematch could go either way, but marginal preference is for a repeat result.
Unexposed contenders Mutasaamy and Acquitted are others for the shortlist.
The leading players are superstar mare ENABLE, powerful front-runner Ghaiyyath and classy colt Japan.
Ghaiyyath should take some catching if he remains in form, but he looks best when fresh and has disappointed the last two times he has turned out relatively quickly.
That’s a nagging concern and Japan was behind Enable in last year’s Arc, so everything is in place for the Gosden mare to gain a remarkable 11th top-flight success and second win in this contest.
Magny Cours will not go down willingly, but there is a question mark about him on this stiff finish back up to 1m 2f against rivals that stay the trip well.
GLOBAL GIANT put a low-key 2019 behind him when impressing on the all-weather for this yard in January and he could be set for his best year yet.
Stablemate Dubai Warrior has made his name on artificial surfaces and, while he didn’t achieve much in his one previous turf run, it’s much too soon to write him down as an all-weather specialist. Fox Chairman and Aspetar have hopes on their best form.
Some interesting propositions but TULIP FIELDS is taken to continue the good work as she looked to have something in reserve at Newmarket recently and shouldn’t be too inconvenienced by the return to a stiff 1m 2f in a race that is likely to be truly run.
Dean Street Doll ran promisingly from a poor draw in the Hunt Cup and though this will be a very different type of race she looks in good form and is respected, as is Be More and the unknown quantity Asiaaf.
What An Angel is likely to face a stiffer task in future after his close shave at Bath this week, but there are some interesting rivals for him to overcome on this quick return.
ESHAASY can find the return to 7 furlongs in his favour and he gets the vote, though Campari is a worthy opponent on his handicap debut. Blue Skyline is another at this level for the first time, but the lack of a recent run is a negative.
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