DEEP INTRIGUE has all the answers. Mark Johnston’s flyer has a perfect draw over this 6f trip and he was a winner the last time he tackled this course and distance.
That was back in February when he handled the surface really well to score in a driving finish.
He was quickly upped in distance by a furlong but he seems happier at this trip and Silvestre De Sousa can get a tune out of him at a fair price.
Air Raid is clearly a sprinter in form and had lots in hand when landing back-to-back wins at Hamilton over this trip. He is taking a step up in class here but is thriving and should be right there again.
Nick Vedder has an excellent record here with three wins and seven places from his 10 starts at Newcastle. He is being upped in grade today but he has a top pilot in Andrea Atzeni on board and could be up to the challenge.
Cosmic Law is sure to have his supporters after a good fourth in a big field at York last time out. He likes this trip and keeps it simple from the front. If he gets his own way, he could be hard to peg back.
Mokaatil could reward each-way support after meeting trouble in running when down the field in the Epsom Dash last time out. He hasn’t been tried much over 6f but would have every chance if staying.
FALL in love with SUMMER ROMANCE in the Empress Stakes. Charlie Appleby has a really nice filly on his hands in this daughter of Kingman.
She got the job done in fine style on debut at Yarmouth last time, winning by a comfortable two lengths. The second home has already franked the form and there should be a lot more to come, with this trip ideal.
Companion won on debut and bounced back from a modest effort at York to go close on the all-weather at Lingfield last time.
Frankie Dettori takes over today and he has a decent strike-rate when teaming up with trainer Mark Johnston.
Star Alexander drew well away from her rivals when scoring over 5f at Bath last time out.
She should have no issues with this longer distance and this is her first run on quicker ground, which could also bring improvement.
Shammah didn’t have to be pressed to win with plenty in hand at Windsor 12 days ago. She has lots of early pace so lasting out this longer trip is her main challenge today.
Ursulina only had two rivals to beat on her debut at Haydock in the mud but she did it nicely and could improve a big amount for that, as could Rosadoro who won scored well in lesser company at Lingfield latest.
INVINCIBLE ARMY lost the battle in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot last weekend but can win this war.
He’s taking a big drop in class here and showed good pace for most of the way in that Group 1 contest before coming up short. He had earlier scorched home in the red-hot Clipper Stakes at York with more than two lengths in hand. That takes some doing in a top-level sprint and he started the season with a simple Listed success at Doncaster.
He has winning form on Kempton’s all-weather track so should take to this surface with few issues.
Mr Lupton looked as good as ever when winning the Group 2 Greenlands Stakes at The Curragh last time with lots left to give. That was an excellent effort returning from eight months off and there’s something to build on there.
He’s never managed to land back-to-back wins in his career but seems a little more consistent these days.
It will be interesting to see how Laugh A Minute goes on this surface after some positive signs at Haydock last time.
He has few miles on the clock and could take a step forward for trainer Roger Varian.
Encrypted didn’t fire in the AW championship sprint on Good Friday but that was a rare low point.
He’s gone winning form in Listed company and can’t be ruled out although he needs his best.
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SOLDIER’S MINUTE has really improved this season and can be forgiven a modest run in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot last time.
He was in the front line much too early there and didn’t get the run of the race. He put himself in the picture for that massive handicap by landing an impressive victory over this course and distance in May. He hammered a big field there and had three lengths in hand crossing the line. This is another tough contest but he can be right in the mix.
Great Prospector is another who went close here last time when maybe making his challenge a little late. He will be a major danger if able to lay up a little closer to the pace here.
Golden Apollo was an unlucky fifth in that race as the door was shut firmly in his face just when hitting top gear. He should go close again.
Lake Volta is a consistent performer at this level and gave a good account of himself when eighth in the Wokingham.
This is very much his trip and his rider’s 5lb claim could make all the difference in such a tight race.
Quick Look seemed to love the soft ground when winning a good race at Chester last time and he would have every chance if adapting to these quicker conditions.
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CANFORD HEIGHTS shapes like a real stayer and should relish stepping up to this 2m trip. He wasn’t asked too many questions on his comeback from eight months off at Kempton last time out. He looked a marathon man a couple of times last season when winning over 1m6f at Haydock before stepping up in class to go close at York.
Trainer William Haggas never rushes his horses and should have him spot on for this challenge with a lot more to come.
Carnwennan is proven over this distance and is gunning for a hat-trick after good wins at York and then on the all-weather at Chelmsford last time out.
The victory on the Knavesmire was particularly impressive and he’s never been out of the frame in four runs at this trip.
Coeur De Lion finished a good fifth in the Ascot Stakes over 2m4f at the Royal meeting.
He had earlier won the Chester Plate and is blessed with plenty of staying power. He goes well for his 5lb claimer, the brilliantly named Thore Hammer Hansen, and will be boxing on at the finish.
The booking of Silvestre De Sousa for Lissitzky is a real plus as power in the saddle could make all the difference.
He won nicely at Newmarket in May before a puzzling effort there last time in first-time cheekpieces that didn’t help. The headgear is off today and he could bounce back.
LIMATO won a better race than this the last time he ran at Newmarket in October and looked rusty coming back from seven months off at York last time.
It was still a good effort to finish fourth with the 6f trip maybe on the short side these days. He goes up in distance at an ideal course today and has enough class to land another nice prize.
Glorious Journey is going the right way and should be happier over this distance after a solid second over shorter at Windsor last time.
He is proven at this level and looks the biggest threat for in-form trainer Charlie Appleby.
Suedois may be eight now but he has been knocking on the door, including when a close-up second in the John Of Gaunt Stakes at Haydock last time out.
There was a good way back to the third there so the form looks decent enough. It was testing ground and this better surface should help.
Tabarrak was entitled to need his comeback run when fourth at Ascot in May. He didn’t seem totally at home over the mile that day and most of his recent wins have come over this distance.
He could run into the frame if building on that last effort.
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GIBBS HILL can land a monster gamble in the Pitmen’s Derby. He was last seen in July 2017 winning a good handicap on the all-weather at Kempton and he shapes as though this distance will be ideal.
Punters have been steaming into him all week and confidence is clearly high.
Red Galileo wasn’t stopping when landing a convincing win over 1m6f at Newmarket last time and his penalty is cancelled out by jockey Thomas Greatrex’s claim. He’s got winning form on the all-weather so should handle the track.
Austrian School is rated by his trainer Mark Johnston and is better than he’s shown lately. He could bounce back with this distance likely to bring out the best in him.
The form figures of King’s Advice speak for themselves with six wins on the spin this season. The handicapper hasn’t gone mad after his photo-finish win at Goodwood last time and stepping up in distance could bring improvement.
Owner Tony Bloom was forced to withdraw last year’s winner Withhold so will be looking for a big run from his other hope Stratum. He won over hurdles last time and Willie Mullins will have him primed for this challenge.
He certainly won’t have any issues with stamina.
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