Although carrying top weight, VOLCANIC SKY looks incredibly straightforward, consistent and game.
Coming back slightly in distance on the turf is definitely going to suit his style, despite winning over further on the all-weather at Kempton.
Alfaatik it’s going to be a red-hot favourite, but it’s a question of whether he can repeat a performance which was off a long absence at York, where he had the gelding operation and blinkers added.
SUNSET BREEZE had already climbed a massive 18lbs in the handicap when racking up a three-timer early on in the season.
It did look as if he had hit a bit of a brick wall, but after being given a slight mid-season break by his excellent handler Sir Mark Prescott he bounced right back to form at the front to pulling well clear at Ascot when he was just denied by Double Or Bubble.
The victor on that occasion has been raised to a mark of 91 and I’m sure that Sir Mark is pleased his charge remains just on 87.
There are so many in here who on their best performance so far, so this is going to be very competitive.
However, SACRED is ultra-consistent trained by a top outfit in the William Haggas yard and ridden by a jockey in tremendous form in the shape of Tom Marquand. She looks bound to appreciate the drop back to the minimum trip too.
The form of her Queen Mary second has been boosted since and the way she travelled through the middle of the contest at York last time would suggest that this test from a high stall position is going to be perfect.
This is not the greatest renewal of this particular contest with the likes of Stradivarius missing, however it makes for an interesting puzzle from a punting point of view. Revolver is looking to rack up the seven-timer and his trainer Sir Mark Prescott knows how to win this contest with a three-year-old.
RED VERDON has a tremendous record here at the racecourse and with no guaranteed pace in this line-up I can see Frankie Dettori taking the bull by the horns and making it at his own gallop. There is nobody better on the front-end than Dettori.
Seven horses of the 11 who line-up in here have only had one or two starts and we are bound to see some massive improvers.
LANEQASH couldn’t have been more impressive when winning by an easy 3 lengths at Ascot and the reports are both physically and mentally he has taken a significant step forward.
Drawn perfect in the middle of the pack for a horse only having his second start, he should be able to find a perfect rhythm with a bit of cover from there. He could he just be the next superstar in the Roger Varian colours.
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