Wesley Ward can win this for a fifth time, with his exciting TWILIGHT GLEAMING making most appeal. She was most impressive when opening her account at Belmont and has the potential to rate much higher. Quick Suzy has made a fine start for Gavin Cromwell and has good claims if acting on this quicker ground. Illustrating and Dundalk 1-2 Yet and Orinoco River are just a trio of the other key players.
WORDSWORTH has made a highly-promising start to his career and is very much the type to go on improving now tackling 1¾m being a full brother to St Leger winner Kew Gardens, so he's taken to continue his trainer’s domination of this race. Ruling looks the sort to progress again, while Dancing King and Arturo Toscanini are other credible rivals.
There was a lot to like about how LADY BOWTHORPE pulled clear of the remainder when runner-up to Palace Pier in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last month and she can take advantage of this good opportunity back against her own sex. Queen Power and Lavender's Blue, the pair who chased her home at Newmarket the time before, should again give a good account.
ARMORY made an impressive return when landing the Huxley Stakes at Chester and, while he has a small amount to find with Love and Lord North at the weights, he has a fitness edge over that pair, so he gets the marginal vote in what should be a fascinating renewal. Audarya isn't a forlorn hope, either.
FINEST SOUND was runner-up in the Britannia over C&D at last year's Royal meeting. He's advanced his form again since, including a win last time, and might be the answer to a typically tricky Hunt Cup. Astro King is another really solid contender, while Magical Morning, Irish Admiral and Matthew Flinders are low-mileage sorts whose best days are likely still ahead of them.
RUTHIN certainly hasn't been missed in the market but with good reason given the impression she created when hammering 9 rivals on debut at Keeneland (runner-up won next time). She may have too much raw pace for these, with Dig Two looking the pick of the home contingent. At much longer odds, Silks Pass could easily leave the form he achieved at Redcar well behind.
A fiendishly competitive handicap to finish with the narrow vote in favour of DREAMLOPER. Just touched off by re-opposing Lights On over 1m here last month, she was still a shade keener than ideal and with this bigger field scenario a likely plus, she is fancied to come out on top. The latter named is upwardly mobile also and feared, along with So I Told You, Caspian Queen and Dalanijujo.
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