Wesley Ward again has a strong hand in this race with NAKATOMI and Lucci. The former needs to prove his effectiveness on turf, but he was well on top of a subsequent stakes winner when making a successful start at Keeneland and can take this step up in class in his stride. Instinctive Move impressed at Bath and also looks very promising, as does Cadamosto for Ballydoyle.
MOHAAFETH, a late omission from the Derby after the ground eased, was seriously impressive when easily accounting for Secret Protector in a Newmarket listed race last month and ought to take a good deal of stopping. Movin Time's ready defeat of Kemari in a Newmarket maiden looks even better in light of that one's easy win since and he can provide the main threat ahead of the penalised One Ruler.
There are plenty of progressive fillies in with a chance, not least Roger Varian's unbeaten ESHAADA, who improved in a big way when winning a listed contest at Newbury on reappearance and with the promise of better to come, can bring up an impressive hat-trick. The main threat could be Noon Star, who arrives fresh having missed the Oaks, ahead of Dubai Fountain.
STRADIVARIUS has dominated this division since 2018 and went with all his usual zest when winning the Sagaro here on his return. He can emulate the mighty Yeats and land a fourth Gold Cup. Subjectivist and Trueshan look the chief dangers.
MITHRAS had excuses last time and it's worth remembering the good impression he made when taking a big-field 7f Newbury handicap on his return. He's worth a chance to resume winning ways in what should be a typically competitive Britannia. A case can be made for a number of his rivals, but Aerion Power and Raadobarg, both bidding for a four-timer, look the most dangerous.
Always one of the hottest 3-y-o handicaps of the season. FIRST LIGHT routed his field at Ripon last time and gets a narrow vote to make a successful transition to handicap company. A step up to 1½m will suit Nagano and he heads the many dangers along with Ralph Beckett pair Surefire and Lord Protector. Mark Johnston has an excellent record in this so Kondo Isami is also a must for the shortlist.
Any number to consider, but DANYAH advanced his form again when runner-up in a strong early-season handicap at Newbury in April and a 3 lb rise may underestimate him with the drop back to 7f on this straight course looking ideal for this strong traveller. It all clicked for Persuasion on reappearance and he's feared, along with Aldaary.
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