The King George V Stakes Handicap at Ascot last month could be the key piece of form, with NAGANO and Siskany both shaping better than the bare result in that contest. The former was particularly unlucky given his troubled passage and needs treating as though still a handicapper firmly on the up. Of the rest, Kolisi is highly likely to leave the bare form he's achieved so far behind.
2020 runner-up VALERIA MESSALINA warmed up for this year's renewal with a good second at Group 3 level in Ireland last time and is selected to go one better than 12 months ago. Vadream arrives on the back of 2 good placed efforts in Group 3s and ought to be on the premises again, while fellow 3-y-o Sacred has a penalty for her Nell Gwyn success but is still much respected back at her optimum trip.
FEARBY sets the bar pretty high and there could be even more to come so he's the one to beat for in-form Ed Bethell. Softish ground would be a slight concern for Chipotle so it could be that the main threat comes from a couple who were behind Eve Johnston Houghton's charge in the Windsor Castle, namely Armor and Boonie.
POETIC FLARE has thrived on his racing, impressing with how he put things to bed in the St James’s Palace. On that form he’ll be hard to beat. The presence of Falmouth-winner Snow Lantern, diverted from the Nassau, adds some real spice to things. Tilsit, a winner over C&D at the meeting last year, looks the most interesting of the older brigade.
A few in with chances but it could pay to side with previous course winner FLOTUS, who fared a lot better than she had in the Albany when sixth at Newmarket last time and can resume winning ways dropped to the minimum trip for the first time. Canonized made it 3 wins from 5 starts in a similar event at Windsor last month so she heads up the dangers, ahead of Vertiginous and Illustrating.
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