2.00: A high draw is frequently decisive here, with the fastest ground close to the stands rails. Lamarita has a fine chance from stall 12, though her tendency to hang left is of concern with a right-to-left slope traversing the straight. KILCULLEN LAD, in contrast, often hangs to the right but this gelding's rails draw means that won't hinder him. Of more concern is a climb in the weights since his Redcar victory and overweight to be carried today. He won with something in hand at Redcar, however. Speed On is held up for a late challenge and, if he gets a clear run, must go close.
2.30: This event has often thrown up a long-odds winner, though this year it is hard to see past the more fancied runners. Usually it is best to be drawn low. Hidden Meadow, with Olivier Peslier in the saddle, seems sure to make a bold bid from the inside stall. But the theory that this colt is best suited by 7f swings things in favour of ALMUSHTARAK. On this horse's penultimate run, in a mile Group Two event in soft going at Sandown, he surged clear of his rivals to win by five lengths. Ray Cochrane's mount was only one of a handful of decent types who failed to shine at Newbury last time and must be forgiven that display.
3.00: Backing a runner that needs to be covered up for a late run is a risky proposition on this unique course but the claims of CARLYS QUEST are impossible to ignore. After beating a big field at Newmarket, this four-year-old was unlucky at Newbury. At Warwick last time, he lost many lengths when forced to take the scenic route on the home turn, but still got up to beat Thursday's Yarmouth winner, Brave Noble. Jimmy Neville's runner has since climbed the weights, but the talented Adrian McCarthy's 3lb allowance can make the difference.
3.45: It is possible to knock the true value of GREEK DANCE's York victory - the runner-up, Capri, was racing over a trip palpably too short for him - but Walter Swinburn's mount still possesses strong credentials. Yesterday's Oaks triumph by Shahtoush may well increase confidence in her stablemate's Second Empire. But fears that this colt will not settle dampen enthusiasm. Cape Verdi is a better proposition and she looks likely to give the selection most to do. High-Rise is the best outsider.
4.30: Daunting Lady is obviously a big contender here as this distance will suit her far better than the 1,000 Guineas mile. But this prize looks safely bound for LA-FAAH. Barry Hills's colt should now be ready to fulfil the potential he displayed last season.Reuse content