There shouldn’t be a lot between Michaels Choice and May Remain on their Bath form and while the former should be able to keep it simple from the rail draw, there is also the chance that this race will fall out more favourably for May Remain who had to be dropped in at Bath.
Doc Sportello, in particular, and Our Oystercatcher are respected on their form here and preference for INDIAN RAJ is only slight.
He looks well treated on his solid win here last summer and the likely strong pace will be ideal.
It would be no contest if punters could be sure that Konchek was back to his two-year-old form and the hope here is that he will take another step forward on this more suitable track after a respectable run at Windsor.
MAGIC J also makes some appeal though, as this trip should suit now back on turf and it shouldn’t be forgotten that he made a favourable impression when beating some good rivals on his debut on grass.
Line Of Reason and Mokaatil come here in good form and are also respected.
Given how well EYE OF HEAVEN‘s debut win at Newmarket worked out, it is hard not to give him another chance back on quicker ground after failing to get anywhere near the same level on good to soft in the Norfolk at Ascot.
Not that this will be easy pickings as Ubettabelieveit was impressive in the way he swept through to win on his second start at Doncaster and he looks a dangerous rival.
Furlong Factor showed improved form at York and may be next best ahead of Deliver The Dream.
Not a strong race for the track and JAZZIO looks sure to benefit from the step up to 7 furlongs after finding it very hard work over 6 furlongs on her Windsor debut.
Greycious Girl fared a lot better on her second all-weather start than she had on her first and is also considered while Professional Widow is an interesting newcomer.
Twilight Flame was a long way from justifying a shortish price on her Chepstow debut, but had clearly shown something at home prior to that and may well do better here.
Although Knight Salute showed plenty of promise when runner-up at Wolverhampton on his debut, it would be a surprise were he to get the better of the Coventry Stakes third SAEIQA.
If the selection shows his Royal Ascot form, it would take an extremely good newcomer to beat him, and his strength at the finish suggests that 7 furlongs will be within range.
There was a lot to like about the manner in which PARIKARMA emerged in second at Doncaster last time and although she is drawn wide today, she is presumably likely to try those come-from-behind tactics again anyway.
Many of the others can be given a shout and are hard to split, but Kentucky Hardboot is another of those to be taken seriously on recent form. Ivadream could be suited by 7 furlongs and Blessed is one of the interesting handicap newcomers.
While Decora has been reliably on the premises in handicaps this season and has proved her stamina, there is surely enough potential somewhere in this field to confine her to minor honours once again.
ALARGEDRAM is selected to bounce back from his problems in the stalls five weeks ago, with the Kempton runner-up Cozone perhaps the chief danger. Phoenix Aquilus and Diva Kareem are others to look at.
Plenty are of each-way interest but MASTER MILLINER (NAP) is one of the very few with potential, perhaps the only one.
He should have a future over staying distances judged on what he showed last term in his only handicap, with recent wins for the stable’s jump horses lending further encouragement.
High Wells may be the one to chase him home, with Mr Chua, Jumping Cats and Mr Fox also considered.
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