Views from connections and a selection from tipster Man On The Spot ahead of the Dubai Autumn Stakes at Newmarket.
2.55 Newmarket - Dubai Autumn Stakes
Views from connections
Molatham goes in search of his hat-trick in the Dubai Autumn Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
Narrowly beaten by Mums Tipple first time out at Ascot in July, Roger Varian's charge has since won the Convivial Maiden at York and the Flying Scotsman Stakes at Doncaster, beating subsequent Group Three winner Wichita on Town Moor.
Connections considered a bid for Group One glory in the Dewhurst Stakes, but ultimately opted to for this Group Thee contest - with Varian admitting the presence of the brilliant Pinatubo in the Dewhurst was "a contributing factor" in making the decision.
He said: "The horse is in great form and I think he's improving. He looks very well and his work has been very good.
"I think he'll handle the forecast conditions. He's got to prove he stays the mile, but he's a very relaxed horse and I'd like to think he has every chance of doing so."
Molatham is one of nine runners in the one-mile contest.
The Coolmore triumvirate of Michael Tabor, John Magnier and Derrick Smith are doubly represented, with Aidan O'Brien's impressive Galway winner Persia joined by the John Gosden-trained Cherokee Trail, who is two from two having won at Ascot and Newbury last month.
Charlie Appleby's Al Suhail and Saeed bin Suroor's Military March both carry the colours of Godolphin, while Mark Johnston and William Haggas saddle a pair of dual winners in Dontaskmeagain and Johan respectively.
Outsiders Ropey Guest (George Margarson) and Melody King (John Quinn) are the other hopefuls.
The first of three Group Threes on the card is the Godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes.
Seven of the nine runners were successful on their most recent start, with Gosden's Miss Yoda protecting an unbeaten record.
Her biggest threats appear to be Appleby's impressive Goodwood winner Volkan Star, O'Brien's runaway Gowran scorer Mythical and Alan King's Tritonic, a winner at Ffos Las and Newbury on his last couple of appearances.
The card concludes with the Group Three Darley Stakes, in which Johnston's Matterhorn sets the standard.
Having filled the runner-up spot in the Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor, the Superior Mile at Haydock and the Boomerang Stakes at Leopardstown on his last three starts, the son of Raven's Pass will not be winning out of turn if getting his head in front at HQ.
His opponents include Jessica Harrington's Pincheck, Ralph Beckett's course and distance winner Dolphin Vista and Gosden's pair of Duneflower and Crossed Baton.
Man On The Spot tip
Al Suhail only weakened close home when third in the Solario Stakes and has every chance if staying the extra furlong. MILITARY MARCH, a brother to useful stayer Clongowes, also wears the all-blue of Godolphin and he looked a useful prospect when overcoming inexperience to make a winning debut on the July course here in the summer. The New Approach colt gets the nod ahead of Molatham, who stayed on strongly to take a Listed race at Doncaster last month and represents Roger Varian, who won this in 2013 with subsequent St Leger winner Kingston Hill. Cherokee Trail and Dontaskmeagain are both unbeaten and Johan, who will handle conditions, is another chasing a hat-trick but Ropey Guest has had numerous chances while Persia will need more to figure in this grade.