Rommel and BOBBY ON THE BEAT are the only two runners with experience, and preference is for the latter. Golden Crusader, Jumby, New Mandate and Time Interval are interesting types among the newcomers and they need to be monitored in the betting.
Thrice-raced filly Lightness has leading claims on form but BE EASY is taken to improve past her. The selection showed clear promise at Haydock and has plenty of potential judged on breeding.
There has to be a good chance that APPARATE and Baasem will renew their progress this season and that potential puts them at the top of the list in this field, with Apparate preferred given that he has already proved himself here with one valuable win. Rajinsky, another 4yo, is third on the list. Platitude is among the older horses with place claims.
Several runners are open to further improvement, not least MELNIKOVA (nap) who looks just the type to do well for Sir Michael Stoute this season and could prove very well handicapped off 83. Second choice is Declared Interest, ahead of Manaabit and Alnaseem.
Dubai Souq, the reappearing Godolphin runner, needs a deal of respect after his dominant display last October and Celestran took on better company on his latest start but CARLOS FELIX, who was slowly away over 1m last time, is a dark horse to take very seriously and he gets the vote.
There should still be more to come from MOHAATHER, who had a nightmare trip in the Queen Anne and is much better than the bare result suggests. Skardu also didn’t have the best of fortune in that Royal Ascot contest and he is second choice. Marie’s Diamond was in front of those two rivals on that occasion but avoided trouble having raced up front. Zaaki should go well again, while Lord Glitters is another likely player if returning in top form.
Haydock winner Mountain Peak is set to go well if the ground rides good or faster but it’s the runner-up from that race, VENTUROUS, who looks the one to side with. He ran a stormer against a strong pace bias when second at Newcastle and the race should be run to suit this time. Jonah Jones, Wedding Date, Lahore and Final Venture are also considered in a typically open contest.
While these are early days for the others and Sly Minx thoroughly dominated her maiden last time, it’s STAG HORN and Alphabetical who appeal most. Sir Mark Prescott’s charge, seeking a four-timer, is perhaps the more obviously likely to appreciate this step up from 1m6f but Stag Horn might be a bit too promising for him.
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