This is a tough race to call, featuring 12 unraced two-year-olds, with many hailing from top yards and boasting excellent pedigrees. SPIRIT MIXER makes as much appeal as any as he is by Frankel and out of Juddmonte International winner Arabian Queen, who herself is from an excellent family.
Trainer Andrew Balding has a good strike rate with his two-year-olds this season, which also bodes well.
JADWAL shaped with plenty of encouragement when too green to do himself justice on debut at Leicester and he then produced a big chunk of improvement to get off the mark in style at Newmarket, scoring with plenty in hand.
There was a lot to like about how Jadwal brushed his rivals aside at Newmarket and he looks to have been handed a fair opening mark, so his claims are obvious.
CHIL CHIL progressed nicely after undergoing a breathing operation last year, winning three of her final four starts in that campaign. She produced an encouraging performance on her reappearance at Bath last month, finishing runner-up but leaving the impression that she would come on for the run.
This well-bred filly has not shown everything she has to offer, and she should prove better than this mark of 85.
SHELIR didn’t get the rub of the green in the International Stakes here last time, finishing a never-nearer eighth after being denied a run two furlongs out.
However, he had previously been threatening to come good, shaping with promise in the Buckingham Palace Handicap at the Royal meeting and in a mile handicap at Haydock. He looks to be on a fair mark and could still have more to offer for David O’Meara after only four starts for the yard.
KALOOR caught the eye when finishing third at Sandown last time on his first start over a mile-and-three-quarters, keeping on well after being hampered two furlongs out and forced to switch.
He hasn’t been with David Menuisier long and could have more to offer as a stayer, so he makes most appeal in an open-looking race.
OMNIVEGA landed a minor event and a handicap on the all-weather prior to racing’s hiatus and he picked up where he left off when completing the hat-trick at Kempton last month.
That was a career-best effort from Omnivega, who produced a dazzling turn of foot to prevail, that change of pace marking him down as a horse to follow.
The form has already been given a boost by the runner-up winning at Glorious Goodwood, and a 5lb higher mark should not stop the progressive Omnivega.
WISE GLORY found only a useful prospect too strong on his return at Newcastle in June and he has won both starts since, justifying a short price at Leicester and then winning a much more competitive handicap at Newmarket, showing a good attitude to prevail.
A couple of those in behind have already come out and won, giving the form a boost, and Wise Glory is an athletic, scopey sort who will continue to improve.
PRINCESS POWER didn’t offer much on her first couple of outings this season, failing to beat a rival home. However, she produced a much more encouraging effort at Sandown last month, finishing a close-up third despite missing the break.
That was a huge step back in the right direction and, now 3lbs lower than her last winning mark, she looks ready to strike.
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