17:00 Royal Ascot Wed 20 June 2018
Produced a career best effort to win this race last year and returned with a fine effort over 7f last time. Nudged up 2lb for that run though and may find life tougher from a an 8lb higher mark than last year.
Kept busy this year and confirmed the promise of an excellent second at York with a win at Goodwood in May. However, he's disappointed twice since and there's very little chance of an easy lead in this race, particularly with a pace rival drawn low.
Won nine races when trained in France but has disappointed in two runs for this yard last month and may need more relief from the handicapper.
Highly progressive last year winning his last four starts of 2017. Returned with a promising effort at Keeneland on return and while well beaten in a Group 3 on Polytrack at Arlington Park last time, he will have been primed for this.
Useful on his day and won a valuable York handicap last year but struggling off revised mark since and not a consistent sort. Starts out for new yard and others preferred.
Progressed well on AW this winter but disappointed on return to turf at Haydock last time and very little chance he can dominate from the front in this field. Others preferred.
Progressive last year and finished third of 29 over C&D in the Britannia last year. Struggled on two starts this time around though and needs to improve for the fitting of first-time blinkers.
Produced something close to a career best when placed in Listed company last time but possible he may find the ground a bit quick for him here, particularly over this trip.
Impressive winner at York over this trip on fast ground last time and has only been raised 6lb for that. The re-opposing runner-up won next time out and his form has a solid luck to it. Should run well.
Produced a career best effort when winning over 1m on fast ground at Meydan this winter. Gets similar conditions here and he's sure to get a solid gallop to aim at. Will be doing his best work in the finish and not ruled out.
Running well of late at pattern level but still hasn't got his head in front since 2016. Handicapper due to put him up 4lb so can't be dismissed with in form jockey in the saddle but likely to find a few too good.
Got his head back in front at the Curragh last time over 1m on fast ground. 5lb penalty may be enough to stop him in a stronger race though.
Progressed well on AW this winter but looks up against it from his revised mark now back on turf. Yard had a big priced winner here on Tuesday so not ruled out but likely to need relief from the handicapper.
Had a couple of these in behind when justifying favouritism at Nottingham on soft ground last time but there's a suspicion he will struggle in what's a deeper race from a higher mark. May want faster ground than this.
Not won since landing a Listed race in 2015 and while he ran some fair races in defeat last season, he's been very disappointing in two starts this term and probably wants softer ground than what he will get here.
Not won since winning a valuable handicap at York in 2016 and he's disappointed in three outings this year. Handicap mark is on the slide and form figures of 223 at Ascot offer some encouragement but others would appear to have stronger claims.
Improved from his maiden to win over C&D last year but only seen sparingly since. Wears first-time cheekpieces on second start since wind surgery after a below par run at York last time and needs one of those factors to spark a revival.
Saves his best efforts for this course and has won twice over C&D. Two excellent efforts in defeat over 7f last year certainly encouraging and should come on for his reappearance; every chance he will get a strong pace to aim at.
Won the Britannia at this meeting last year but his two runs since have been well below par and barely beaten a rival home. Has questions to answer at present.
Looked progressive on AW at Dundalk this winter and warmed up for this with a respectable placed effort at Leopardstown last time. There's a suspicion he's well handicapped and can't be ruled out.
Bounced back to form with a win in a valuable Leopardstown handicap last year but has largely struggled in three runs this year and probably needs to improve for the step up in trip if he's to play a part.
Gained a first win since winning in Listed company at the start of his career at Haydock last time and due to go up further for that when handicapper has his say. Likely to keep on progressing for this yard.
Two wins from 10 starts and generally consistent. Ran well again when last seen when fourth of 14 at Goodwood and a return to quicker ground could suit.
Consistent sort who has been running well in some competitive races this year. Forced to carry a 5lb penalty for his success last time out though and needs first-time cheekpieces to eke out more.
Produced a career best effort to gain a narrow success here over 7f when last seen. Has had wind surgery in the interim and entitled to need this run on his return. Crowley prefers Afaak.
Recorded a hat-trick last summer and seemingly doesn't know how to run a bad race. Only narrowly beaten last time out when runner-up at Sandown and not ruled out with a less exposed profile than many of his rivals.
Produced a career best to win at Newmarket last time and stays this trip fine but this is a tough ask from 6lb higher in a much deeper race.
Won twice last year and returned with a promising effort at Newbury two starts back. Perhaps unsuited by the drop in trip last time and has claims here back at 1m for a yard in form.
Has won three of his first five starts but handicapper has seemingly caught up with him since and draw unlikely to be ideal. Others preferred.
Won three of his last five starts, all on AW and seemingly thriving back down at 1m having been tried at longer trips. Carries a penalty here but due to go up further when reassessed and not ruled out.
Last Year's Winner
|26||Zhui Feng||4||9-0||25/1||Full Result|
|T: Mrs A J PerrettJ: M Dwyer|
Seniority (7/1), Afaak (10/1), Saltonstall (10/1), Escobar (12/1), Kynren (12/1), Flaming Spear (14/1), Raising Sand (14/1), Cape Byron (14/1), Mubtasim (14/1), Settle For Bay (16/1), Tricorn (16/1), Firmament (16/1), Gabrial (16/1), Keyser Soze (16/1), Bless Him (20/1), Medahim (20/1), Zhui Feng (20/1), Archetype (20/1), Master Merion (25/1), Wahash (25/1), What's The Story (33/1), Hors De Combat (33/1), Burnt Sugar (33/1), Mukalal (33/1), Arcanada (33/1), Tony Curtis (40/1), Love Dreams (40/1), Surrey Hope (50/1), Repercussion (50/1), Mountain Rescue (50/1), Circus Couture (100/1), Goring (100/1)
- Master Merion
- Hors De Combat
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