VOLKAN STAR lived up to his name when cruising home by six lengths at Goodwood last time out in August. He picked up well there and is by Sea The Stars so this extra distance should be ideal.
Miss Yoda has already created a good impression for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori takes over today. She didn’t have to reach top gear to score at Sandown last time despite being blocked as the pace picked up.
Aidan O’Brien has won the past two runnings and his Mythical has a live chance. He enjoyed the soft ground when scorching home at Gowran Park 16 days ago. There should be some cut in it today and that boosts his chances.
Tritonic shapes as though this trip will suit after winning with something in hand at Newbury over a mile latest. This is hotter competition but she can’t be ruled out.
Tell Me All battled well to win an Ayr nursery on quick ground. He clocked a decent time there and deserves this step up in grade with a bit more needed.
Max Vega and Berkshire Rocco both won maidens nicely and should be at home over this distance. They are both capable of better on this step up in class.
MOLATHAM skipped clear from his rivals to win a Listed race at Doncaster and has a lot more to offer. The second home in that race has since lagged in at this level and today’s extra furlong looks ideal.
Al Suhail was an expensive buy who was beaten a length in this class at Sandown last time. He’s another stepping up in distance for the first time with progression to come.
Persia got the job done well at Galway last month and won’t mind if the ground is on the tacky side. He has a touch of class and won’t be far away. Cherokee Trail is in the same colours and looks set to improve for stepping up to this mile. He was a comfortable scorer at Newbury last time.
Military March kept pulling out more when winning on debut over 7f on the July course. It’s a concern that he’s been off 77 days since then but it was a comfortable success and something to build on.
Johan had six lengths in hand when scooting in at Musselburgh 13 days ago. This is tougher but he had plenty left in the tank crossing the line.
PINATUBO can take another Group 1 prize after his breathtaking effort in the National Stakes at The Curragh last time. He was nine lengths clear of his rivals there and clocked a massive time in the process.
He went odds-on for next year’s 2,000 Guineas after that procession. This is likely to be the softest ground he’s raced on yet but it should take more than that for these rivals to end his five-strong winning streak.
Wichita looks a clear best of the rest after an impressive victory in Group 3 company here 16 days ago. He had seven lengths in hand crossing the line over this distance. A repeat of that would give Pinatubo something to think about.
Arizona was third in the National Stakes, just losing a place in the dying strides. He could run into the places again.
Positive has had a little break since taking Sandown’s Solario Stakes in gutsy fashion. He is a strong stayer over this trip and will be doing his best work at the finish.
Mystery Power won the Superlative Stakes at the July meeting and got back on track with a good second in the Mill Reef at Newbury last time. He won’t mind stepping back up to this distance.
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GREAT WHITE SHARK can bare his teeth in the Cesarewitch. He showed his liking for a big field and stamina test when winning a hot handicap at the Galway Festival in July.
He’s had a couple of spins over hurdles since then and last year’s winning trainer Willie Mulliuns will have him primed for this challenge.
Stablemate Buildmeupbuttercup has been all the rage with punters hoping Frankie Dettori can complete the autumn double. He is a thorough stayer as his second in the Ascot Stakes shows. He warmed up with a solid second at Leopardstown and has every chance.
Timoshenko could be the pick of the Sir Mark Prescott pair although Land Of Oz is progressing fast and doesn’t have a lot of weight. He is in stall 31 though which hasn’t been a plus in the past.
Eddystone Rock is as tough as they come and has place claims, while Cypress Creek has been holding his own at Group level and is another threat.
Ranch Hand is an improving three-year-old who shaped like a real stayer when winning at Haydock last time.
Who Dares Wins and Stratum are other battle-hardened types who could outrun their odds.
If more rain comes, mudlark Coeur Du Lion would come into it as he stays all day and loves a slog.
LAMPANG caught the eye when cruising to victory by five lengths at Ripon 14 days ago. It could have been further and it was no fluke given that he scored well on debut at Carlisle.
Champion Silvestre De Sousa takes over in the saddle and Tim Easterby’s colt can handle this hike in grade. Huraiz looks the danger after a good third in a Kempton Group 3 last month.
He was headed in the dying strides and should go close if he handles this cut in the ground.
Stormy Girl has no worries on that score after winning by five lengths in tacky conditions at Carlisle latest. It wasn’t the greatest race but she did it well over this distance. There’s every chance she’ll improve again.
Stone Circle landed a big sales race at The Curragh ahead of 25 rivals last time. That was an impressive effort and came after a solid fourth at Goodwood. He needs to find a bit more if the others run up to form but his experience could be an asset.
Cobra Eye battled well to win at Goodwood in July but hasn’t been seen since. He clearly has talent and can’t be discounted on this comeback.
Yorkshire Gold was below his best in Group 3 action here but the fast ground may have been to blame. He won his debut well in the mud at Leicester.
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HARROVIAN has hotter opposition than his win at Yarmouth last time but looks capable of progressing past them.
He didn’t get the breaks when scoring over this trip and was value for a lot further than the official margin of one and a quarter lengths. He’s up just 4lb which is more than fair.
Johnny Drama didn’t fire at Newbury last time after going close in a similar race to this over course and distance. He had to settle for second there but clocked a good time in the process. The ground is slower today but that isn’t a major issue and he’s a big threat.
Coolagh Forest went from the front when winning well here last time. He loves this trip and won’t be far away from 6lb higher.
Big Country continues to give a good account of himself and was third in Listed company at Ayr latest. He’s at home over course and distance and it’s interesting to see a 7lb claimer on for this return to handicapping.
Dark Vision was a fair sixth in the Cambridgeshire 14 days ago and has had a little help from the handicapper. He usually runs well on the Knavesmire.
DANZENO ran a screamer when a close third behind Dakota Gold at Ascot last Saturday and drops back into handicap company.
He has a good 5lb claimer on board which drops his mark to the sort of level that has seen him win races like this before. The 6f trip and soft ground are fine and he has a decent draw in 10.
Gulliver is hard to catch right but he has enough ability for this as he showed when third in the Ayr Gold Cup. He goes on any ground and is more than capable.
Growl was a place ahead of him in Scotland and saves his best for these conditions. He’s performed well off higher marks than this in the past.
Summerghand keeps knocking on the door and was fourth over 7f at Ascot latest but is better over this distance. He’ll be in the mix again.
Intisaab loves York and is coming down the weights. There were positive signs when he was third at Wolverhampton last time. He won this race three years ago from 3lb higher in the weights.
Air Raid likes some cut and is fresher than most after a modest run in the Stewards’ Cup when the ground was too quick. He is best over today’s trip.
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