Auction House: Determined front-running juvenile last year, winning three times (beat Commander Collins at Doncaster). Second to Mujahid in Dewhurst.
Bahamian Bandit: Had to be ridden out to land a minor event (7f) here a fortnight ago and this is a step up in class and distance.
Brancaster: Unbeaten last season and second to Compton Admiral in the Craven. Likeable but the stable's second string.
Commander Collins: Son of Sadler's Wells who demolished rivals in Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster last October. Earlier beaten a head by Auction House.
Compton Admiral: Consistent and reappeared to beat Brancaster in Craven Stakes. Should be thereabouts but more to prove.
Debbie's Warning: Third to Compton Admiral in the Craven on only his second run. Should improve further. But needs to.
Desaru: Won by four lengths at Doncaster last season but then did not stay when third in the Royal Lodge Stakes (1m, soft).
Easaar: Wintered in Dubai since trouncing 26 others in Newmarket (7f) maiden. Hard to assess.
Enrique: Smart juvenile, but a disappointing fourth to Mujahid in the Dewhurst, and scraped home from Exeat on reappearance.
Exeat: Beaten half a length by Enrique recently but is held by Orpen on two-year-old form.
Gold Academy: Well beaten by Enrique here last autumn but did better when chasing home Golden Snake first time out.
Island Sands: Has spent the winter in Dubai for Godolphin. Could be anything and this is a big step up in class.
Mujahid: Last season's Dewhurst winner but a flop when 2-5 favourite for the Craven. Has apparently worked brilliantly since.
Orpen: Major Irish hope after winning both juvenile starts, including a Group One at Deauville.
Red Sea: Fluent winner of Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and a good second in a Group One at Longchamp.
Triple Dash: Soft-ground winner before improving to chase home older rival Gorse at Newmarket (6f). Should appreciate the trip.
Conclusion: It may prove safest to rely on the proven, battle-hardened AUCTION HOUSE. Red Sea, although a tricky customer, had some smart form last year while Orpen looks a major contender and Commander Collins remains highly regarded.Reuse content