BETTER Safe than sorry in the Balmoral at Ascot on Saturday.
The John Quinn-trained Safe Voyage looks tailor-made for the valuable 1m contest.
He has progressed through the handicap ranks this term, winning a shade cosily at the Galway Festival last time.
That victory came over seven furlongs but he looks ready for this step up to a mile.
Soft ground conditions are in his favour and he looks to have been laid out for this race.
Raising Sand was a convincing winner at the track last time and is feared most.
Flaming Spear 4/5
Flaming good. Impressive winner of a 7f handicap at Goodwood two starts ago.
Ran well when fifth behind Raising Sand last time and looks sure to be involved again.
Hat’s your lot. Group 3 winner two years ago and generally run consistently since then.
Good second in a Listed race at Sandown last month and worth each-way consideration.
Jack of all trades. Impressive winner of a conditions race at Haydock last month.
Flopped at Newbury last time out and likes to go forward, so he could be a sitting duck here.
Circus Couture 1/5
Circus clown. Ran a career best to finish third in the Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot over course and distance.
Has been hit and miss since then and others are more convincing.
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Sharja Bridge 3/5
A Bridge too far. Lightly raced sort has only won once from eight starts, though he has run well in defeat.
Seventh in the Cambridgeshire last time and will be suited by slightly shorter trip, but looks a shade high in the weights.
Mitchum Swagger 4/5
Get your Swag on. Finished a good third behind the smart Addeybb in the Lincoln in March.
Returned from a lay-off when sixth at Haydock last month – more to come now and well handicapped.
Safe Voyage 5/5
Safe as houses. Has improved this season and shaped as though this trip would suit when winning over 7f last time.
Laid out for this, ground conditions in his favour and a big run looks on the cards.
Something fishy about Aquarium. Caused a minor upset when winning at York last weekend.
Carries a 6lb penalty and down in trip, so makes little appeal.
Hit the bar. Looked a high-class prospect in his younger days when trained by Hugo Palmer.
Has only won once since his two-year-old season, and looks set to play a minor role again.
South Seas 3/5
Smooth sailing. Won his first three starts, including the Group 3 Solario Stakes.
Struggled since then but back to form when second at Goodwood last time and will love the soft ground.
Raising Sand 4/5
Raising hell. Well-backed and ran out a convincing winner of a 7f handicap at this track two weeks ago.
Soft underfoot conditions are in his favour and talented claimer Nicola Curries takes off a handy 3lb.
Via Via 4/5
Moore, moore moore. Ryan Moore takes over in the saddle today following a number of placed efforts.
Excellent third in the Cambridgeshire last time and sound claims if running to the same level.
Not so sweet-Corn. Enjoyed an excellent 2017 campaign, winning three times before finishing placed at Royal Ascot.
Struggled this term and stuffed out of sight in the Cambridgeshire.
Another Batt 1/5
Batting above his average. Registered a fourth career victory when winning bravely at Chester in May.
Struggled of revised mark since then and hard to see him playing much of a part again.
Tell your friends. Progressive son of Intello has won four of his last five starts for genius trainer John Gosden.
Won with plenty to spare in a good race at Kempton and looks well-handicapped under a penalty.
Waa-ve the white flag. Likes soft ground and ran a solid race to finish second at York last time.
Lacks the class of a few of these and a big step forward is needed to win this.
Humble pie. Showed plenty of guts to win over a mile at Newcastle two starts ago.
Disappointing at Chelmsford latest and has a point to prove now.
Kyng for a day. Has been knocking on the door in big-field handicaps this season.
Dropped 1lb for finishing sixth in the Cambridgeshire last time and has conditions to suit.
Ray ban. Listed winner over seven furlongs at this course last summer, beating Another Batt.
Struggled to land a blow behind Raising Sand last time and hard to fancy.
Hold Zway. Was in cracking form just over a month ago, winning a good handicap at Chelmsford.
Flopped in the Cambridgeshire, but each-way claims if bouncing back.