1 - Battaash
Top-class sprinter who took Temple Stakes for second time in impressive fashion on return last month. Worn down only late in last year's renewal and holds strong claims of going one better.
2 - Blue Point
High-class horse who has been in fine form in Dubai this winter, completing hat-trick in Al Quoz Sprint in March. Got the better of Battaash here last term and looks set for another bold bid.
3 - Enzo's Lad
New Zealand raider who’s capable of smart form on his day, including when winning Group 1 Telegraph Stakes in January. Tailed off in Hong Kong latest, though, and faces another stiff task here.
4 - Equilateral
Found improvement, returned to this trip, when neck second of 11 to Mabs Cross in Palace House Stakes at Newmarket 45 days ago. Could be better to come yet, but has work to do with principals here.
5 - Imprimis
Smart US sprinter who boasts a fine strike-rate, winning 7 of his 9 starts. This stiff 5f on straight track will be new to him but he does have the assistance of Frankie Dettori.
6 - Judicial
Won minor event at Beverley and Group 3 at Sandown last summer and shaped as if needing run behind Mab's Cross on reappearance last month. Likely to struggle in this company, though.
7 - Houtzen
Smart Australian mare who scored twice in 2018. However, not seen since below-par effort in January and makes limited appeal.
8 - Mabs Cross
Excellent 2018 campaign ended with victory in Abbaye at Longchamp and bettered that form when taking Palace House Stakes on return. Third to Battaash since and should make presence felt again.
9 - Sergei Prokofiev
Scored 3 times last term, including Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes, and made winning return in Navan listed race. Nearest at finish when fourth to Mabs Cross since and needs to step up again here.
10 - Soldier's Call
Enjoyed a terrific 2-y-o campaign, winning multiple group races and almost landed the Abbaye in October. Encouraging third at York on return last month and likely to be in the thick of things here.
11 - Fairyland
Winner of 4 of her 5 starts at 2 yrs, including Group 1 Cheveley Park at Newmarket. Solid fifth in 1000 Guineas on return, but wasn't in same form in Irish equivalent since and back to sprinting now.
12 - Signora Cabello
Enjoyed a tremendous 2018, winning the Queen Mary at this course, while her best effort came when second in the Prix Morny. Below that level both starts this term, though, and blinkers now applied.
BATTAASH had undergone further wind surgery prior to his impressive return in the Temple Stakes last month and could well be the dominant force in the sprinting division this season. He is taken to reverse form with last year's winner, Blue Point, who makes his UK return after a very productive winter in Dubai. The ultra-consistent Mabs Cross must also enter calculations.
2. Blue Point
3. Mabs Cross