Now operating 4 lb below the mark he was successful from in this race 12 months ago, A MOMENTOFMADNESS signalled he may well be coming to the boil at the right time when a close-up sixth at York last month. Again partnered by William Buick, he could be worth chancing to confirm the promise of that run. The unbeaten Bielsa, Marnie James, Dazzling Dan and Wentworth Falls head up the dangers.
TURJOMAAN has the obvious potential for better still after only 4 starts and can build on his Glorious Goodwood second with the drop back to 7f likely to be a help if anything. Shine So Bright looks a really smart operator at this trip and is the big threat to Roger Varian's charge.
ROYAL CRUSADE looked potentially out of the top drawer when landing the odds at Newmarket on debut 3 weeks ago and is open to significant improvement up in grade. Threat sets a solid standard after his ready success in the Gimcrack at York and is the obvious threat despite his 3 lb penalty.
This doesn't look the deepest renewal and the highly-progressive LOGICIAN is taken to extend his unbeaten record to 5. John Gosden’s colt looks to have the raw ability to go all the way to the top judged on his win in the Great Voltigeur at York, and 13 winners of that Group 2 event have followed up in this. Sir Dragonet is the obvious threat based on his close fifth in the Derby.
Only five runners for this nursery, and it's hard to look beyond Ascot-scorer KINGBROOK on his nursery debut now he gets the chance to tackle 1m for the first time. Richard Hannon saddles both Forbidden Land and Wild Thunder and they can give Mark Johnston's imposing colt most to do.
BAYROOT has the makings of a smart performer but hasn't had much go his way so far this term. A return to 1m and a long straight look ideal for this lightly-raced colt, so a chance is taken on him to get the better of the thriving Qaysar, with Baltic Baron firmly on the radar in what appeals as a fascinating handicap despite the numbers.
THE TRADER has run well on his last 2 starts and there's every chance he could get things very much his own way out in front in this small field, so he's narrowly preferred to Kitaabaat and Almost Midnight in that order.
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