1 - Summerghand (17) David O'Meara/Daniel Tudhope
Second in the Wokingham before getting his head back in front in a small-field Pontefract handicap. Not so good in the Hackwood on his latest start and on a career-high mark for handicaps now. First-time cheekpieces on.
Summerghand picks up his first win of the season in the hands of Daniel Tudhope, defying a late challenge from George Bowen to land the King Richard III Handicap for @omeararacing— PontefractRacecourse (@ponteraces) July 7, 2020
2 - Gulliver (3) David O'Meara/Angus Villiers (5)
A regular in big-field sprint handicaps, usually running with credit (sixth in this last year). Went close at the Curragh a fortnight ago and promising claimer up to take off some of his huge weight.
3 - Tinto (8) Amanda Perrett/Jim Crowley
Returned with a career best to land a 6f Newmarket handicap and ran well in Sandown Group 3 last month. Struggled in the Hackwood last time and has plenty on his plate here.
4 - Danzeno (9) Michael Appleby/Alistair Rawlinson
As consistent a sprinter as you'll find and beaten less than a length in 5f York contest a fortnight ago. Remains the case that he'll need a huge effort to defy this mark in a deep event like this.
5 - Hey Jonesy (15) Kevin Ryan/Kevin Stott
Ended a long losing run when given a really positive ride in first-time blinkers in the Wokingham last month. Task now is to back that up raised 5 lb on his first run at Goodwood and he's no banker to do so.
6 - Watan (16) Richard Hannon/Ryan Moore
Winner of 2 of his 4 starts as a juvenile (both over 6f) and ran a cracker on his first run for 13 months behind Nahaarr at Newbury, beaten 2¼ lengths. Could have more to offer if he's able to build on that.
7 - Angel Alexander (27) Tom Dascombe/Richard Kingscote
Won the Ayr Gold Cup last season but 2020 has been a write-off so far, struggling in Dubai then well beaten in the Wokingham on his return. Visor goes on and has been done no favours with the draw.
8 - Nahaarr (19) William Haggas/Tom Marquand
Looks set to make up into a smart sprinter, landing a gamble with ease in a 6f Newbury handicap under this rider a fortnight ago, winning with plenty in hand. Worthy favourite and leading claims up 7 lb.
Three from three for the William Haggas team today!— Racing TV (@RacingTV) July 19, 2020
Royal Ascot third Nahaarr is unexposed as a sprinter and blasts home under @TomMarquand at @NewburyRacing
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9 - Mr Lupton (24) Richard Fahey/Connor Murtagh (3)
Won Group 2 sprint at the Curragh last year. Fair run behind Hey Jonesy in the Wokingham last month and handicapper has cut him some more slack in the meantime.
10 - Meraas (4) Mark Johnston/Joe Fanning
Has come a long way in a short space of time and posted a huge effort when winning the Scottish Stewards' Cup handicap at Hamilton a fortnight ago. Up 6 lb and more to come still.
11 - Silent Echo (20) Simon Hodgson/Harry Bentley
Has returned in top form, winning a 6f Newmarket handicap before a fine fifth in the Wokingham and then not seen to best effect behind Nahaarr and Watan at Newbury. Wouldn't dismiss in a re-fitted hood.
12 - Aljady (18) Robert Cowell/Charles Bishop
Has hit the ground running for his new yard, winning 6f handicaps at Haydock and Windsor (made all). This is plenty tougher up 5 lb but he's very much going the right way.
13 - Barbill (21) Mick Channon/John Egan
Listed winner as a 2-y-o. Gelded and made a successful return in 6f Haydock handicap in June, staying on well from Kimifive. Back up 5 lb but dangerous to dismiss after that great comeback.
14 - Swindler (23) Ed Walker/Louis Steward
Not knocked about on his return at Newmarket in the first week back and could be capable of better. Won two well-run 6f Ascot handicaps last season and a big effort here wouldn't be a surprise. He has his quirks (often led to post and has refused at stall), but remains capable of better.
15 - Chairmanoftheboard (14) Mick Channon/Rob Hornby
Has always been well regarded (impressive C&D-winner on debut) and has found his niche as a sprinter this term, readily landing 6f Newmarket handicap 3 weeks ago. Respected up 6 lb.
16 - Stone of Destiny (10) Andrew Balding/Silvestre De Sousa
Won 5f Ascot handicap last summer having run well from a poor draw in this the week before. Good sixth in the Wokingham this term but has run poorly either side of that effort. Others preferred.
17 - Louie de Palma (26) Clive Cox/Hector Crouch
Won 6f Ascot handicap last season and ran well in the Wokingham consolation there on his return. Not so good behind Aljady at Windsor since but was a good second in the Richmond here as a 2-y-o.
18 - Lexington Dash (25) Richard Hannon/Thore Hammer Hansen (3)
Has returned an improved model this year, winning a couple of 6f Newmarket events before a cracking effort when not seen to best effect in a good 3-y-o handicap on the July Course. Can progress further.
19 - Kimifive (1) Joseph Tuite/Cieren Fallon (3)
Lurking on a good mark and the feeling is he has a big handicap in him, again catching the eye in the Bunbury Cup 3 weeks ago. The drop back to 6f is fine and is a course winner, so has to be considered under Cieren Fallon.
20 - Open Wide (12) Amanda Perrett/Pat Dobbs
Ran a screamer when second in this off 3 lb higher last year, coming from a long way back having met trouble at a key stage. Not so good yet this term but no surprise to see a revival now.
21 - Venturous (6) David Barron/Kieran O'Neill
Went down narrowly in the consolation race last year and has improved further in 2020, a poor run at Ascot (has misfired all 3 starts there) last time excused. Could go well at big odds.
22 - Teruntum Star (2) David C. Griffiths/Jimmy Quinn
Bagged another couple of sprint handicaps last year and took a step back in the right direction at York last week, shaping like a horse finding its form. Wouldn't dismiss from stall 2.
23 - Brian The Snail (28) Richard Fahey/Megan Nicholls (3)
Successful return in 6f Newcastle handicap and fair effort at Ripon 8 days ago. Inconsistent, but the type to pop up with a huge run in a race like this. Drawn highest of all in 28.
24 - Atalanta's Boy (5) David Menuisier/Thomas Greatrex (3)
Two from 2 in C&D handicaps and has returned in good heart, winning at Chelmsford then chinned on the line at Windsor. This is the toughest task he's faced but his course form will count for plenty.
25 - Wedding Date (13) Richard Hannon/Theodore Ladd (3)
Dual winner last summer and at the top of her game at the moment, runner-up in 6f handicaps (behind Chairmanoftheboard at Windsor) before catching the eye in a good Ascot event 3 weeks ago. Interesting.
26 - Concierge (7) Michael Attwater/Martin Dwyer
Won 6f Wolverhampton handicap in February. Got bogged down in the mud at Haydock (7f) last month and has moved yards again in the meantime. Others preferred.
27 - George Bowen (22) Richard Fahey/Paddy Mathers
Hasn't won for a while but pushed Summerghand close when back to form at Pontefract early last month. Completely blew the start at York last week, though. Fifth in this in 2018.
28 - I Am A Dreamer (11) Paul Midgley/David Egan
Right back on song on only the second run for his new yard when landing 6f Ripon handicap in June. Not disgraced in a tougher race at Ascot 3 weeks ago but this even harder if anything.
Timeform Analyst's Verdict
NAHAARR won with ease at Newbury a fortnight ago and could be tailor-made for this race with more improvement on the way. Meraas has quickly made up into a useful sprinter for Mark Johnston and also has huge claims. Swindler and Richard Hannon's Middleham Park pair Wedding Date and Lexington Dash are others who make plenty of appeal.