Aljady has been really productive since the resumption of racing for his new trainer, winning three of his five starts and he was at his most impressive last time out at Sandown when bolting up in a handicap off a mark of 97. He had really solid yardstick Arecibo over six lengths back in second that day and he is now up to a career high mark of 107 as a result.
That was on soft ground but he is every bit as effective on fast ground and he would look tough to beat on these terms. Caspian Prince is likely to blast out in front and looks the danger to my selection, but I suspect Caspian Prince might just set this up for Aljady.
Alpha King is a full brother to the very useful Tsar and a half brother to the Group 1 placed Juliet Foxtrot and could prove difficult to beat if fully tuned up for his debut but I’m willing to give Titian another chance after showing plenty of promise on his debut at Newmarket back in July.
He was finishing very strongly that day to only be beaten less than two lengths and that form looks very solid now. The winner was third in the Group 2 Vintage Stakes on his next start, while the third, fifth and sixth have all won at least once each since.
That was soft ground and perhaps the really fast ground at Goodwood was the reason for the poor effort next time when well fancied. He has been gelded in the interim and if he handles the surface at Newcastle, he might be able to get off the mark here.
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