17:00 Royal Ascot Thu 21 June 2018
Won three races as a juvenile and went close to winning a valuable Lingfield contest on return when just caught late on. Hasn't built on that though and created little impression when only fifth of 11 at Newmarket earlier this month.
Won a decent looking Yarmouth maiden on debut but she was a beaten odds on favourite on next couple of AW runs. Returned to form with a Kempton win but his run in the French Guineas was a shade disappointing and he has a bit to prove at present.
Won his first two starts but well beaten on all recent runs including the Derby Trial at Leopardstown last time. Needs to re-find his form for his new stable here and others look more likely.
Not won since his debut but returned to form with a fair effort in Handicap Listed contest at Newmarket on seasonal bow. Well beaten twice since though, including in a handicap last time and needs to improve to play a part from his mark.
Two wins from three starts and only defeated by a small margin on his sole loss. Handicapper taken no chances with his handicap mark but there could be more to come up in trip here.
Won a maiden on debut and a distant runner up to U S Navy Flag in a Group 3 at the Curragh on final start of 2017. Didn't make any impression in the Irish 2,000 Guineas last time but this is easier and looks on a fair mark for handicap debut.
Only narrowly defeated on debut and has progressed well since winning his next three starts. Beaten favourite at Haydock last time out when up in the handicap and this looks no easier. Others preferred.
Smart prospect early in his career but failed to handle the step up in class this year, disappointing in the Derby Trial at Epsom before finishing well beaten at York last time in the Dante. Handicap debut though and mark looks fair down in trip.
Won at Sandown on second start last year but failed to make his presence felt in Group 3 company for the remainder of the campaign and he's disappointed in two starts in Listed class this time around. Hard to fancy from this sort of mark at present.
Consistent sort who belatedly got his head in front in a Dundalk maiden last month and followed that with two placed efforts and a win at Leopardstown when last seen. This looks tougher and opposable from a 7lb higher mark.
Won a maiden at Newcastle at the start of the year and got his head back in front at Redcar. Only just touched off in a competitive Haydock field last time and not ruled out here despite him being nudged 4lb for that effort.
Has run all his best races on AW so far and disappointed at Newbury on his return. Only narrowly beaten at Chelmsford last time and faster ground likely to see him to better effect as far as his return to turf is concerned. Should run well.
All four wins have come on AW and well beaten in two recent turf handicaps. Others likely to be better handicapped for this.
Got his head back in front at Doncaster last time and while the runner-up has franked the form, he's more exposed than many of these and others highly likely to be better handicapped for this.
Career best effort came when only narrowly beaten in a Listed race but his form has tailed off since then and it's hard to imagine he's well handicapped in any fashion. Wears cheekpieces and others preferred.
Won two of his first three starts and given plenty of time off after a couple of disappointing efforts last summer. Returned with a promising effort at Newmarket last time and a live contender here if he comes on for that run.
Sole win came at Dundalk and handicap mark looks a bit stiff and what he's achieved so far. Often misses the break and others preferred.
Won a competitive handicap at Haydock last time out making it two wins from his last two starts. Clearly going the right way at present and there's a suspicion he may still be ahead of his mark despite 7lb rise.
Won a maiden at Chelmsford on his first start since his wind operation and the horse he finished runner-up to on his latest start has franked the form in impressive fashion twice since. Not one to underestimate here.
Progressive on AW this winter and finished runner-up behind a progressive sort at Chelmsford here. Will need more here but the return to turf could be a source for more improvement.
Won three of his first four starts but handicapper seemingly has his measure at present and he was a beaten favourite at Chelmsford last time.
Yet to win in six starts but has looked a little unlucky to still be a maiden and he's improving with each start. Only narrowly denied at Doncaster last time but handicapper has pushed him up 6lb for that and this is much tougher.
Progressive sort who destroyed a field at Lingfield last time by 6L. There's a fair chance that a 9lb rise for that may underestimate him but he's the second string on jockey bookings.
Didn't need to improve to win a handicap at Doncaster last time and handicapper has given him a real chance only putting him up 5lb for that run. Unexposed and first-time cheekpieces may see him improve.
Gained his first win of the season at Haydock last time out but he has plenty more on his plate here and 5lb penalty ought to be enough to stop him. Yard did win this last year though.
Won twice as a juvenile but the form of his most recent defeats would suggest he's going to struggle in a race as strong as this. Others preferred.
Arrives here in fine form and won his third race in as many starts over C&D last time out. This is deeper but he still looks well-handicapped from just 4lb higher and he has each-way claims.
Just one win from 10 starts and well beaten behind a few of these last time out. Others less exposed and better handicapped in here.
Runner-up behind a subsequent Group 1 winner here on his penultimate run and justified favouritism last time out at Newmarket. 6lb rise for that effort perfectly fair and there's still a fair chance of more to come. Leading claims.
Won on debut and returned this year with a 5L success at Chepstow. That came on soft ground though and he disappointed when well beaten from a higher mark at Goodwood last time and has a bit to prove after that.
Last Year's Winner
|3||Bless Him||3||8-9||25/1||Full Result|
|T: D M SimcockJ: J P Spencer|
Crack On Crack On (13/2), George Of Hearts (7/1), Bond Street (8/1), Il Primo Sole (9/1), Ostilio (10/1), Corrosive (10/1), First Contact (11/1), Curiosity (14/1), Sam Gold (14/1), Completion (16/1), James Cook (20/1), Stylehunter (25/1), Vale Of Kent (25/1), Maverick Officer (25/1), Moqarrar (25/1), Magnificent (33/1), Landshark (33/1), Full Moon (33/1), Simpson (33/1), Qaysar (33/1), Lethal Steps (40/1), Finniston Farm (40/1), Petrus (50/1), Desert Wind (66/1), Alfa McGuire (66/1), Ventura Knight (66/1), Rufus King (66/1), Ballymount (80/1), Statuario (100/1), Desert Doctor (100/1)
- Il Primo Sole
- Sam Gold
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