15:00 Newmarket Fri 12 October 2018
Three-time Group Two winner hasn't added to tally in 2018 although was twice third at that level earlier in the season behind Sir Dancealot. Not at best last twice at Goodwood and Doncaster however so others more appealing now.
7f Haydock Group Three winner earlier in the season has run admirably well despite some really stiff tasks since and continues to thrive as shown with his latest neck second in a 7f Doncaster Group Two. Leading claims at same level and distance.
Hugely-popular 16-time winning veteran has twice been second in Group Three's this season and was a close fourth at the same level latest at Naas. Third in this last year behind Limato but will do well to better that here.
Won this by 3½L last year and after a slow start to this campaign he has won his last two impressively at Listed level. Rerouted from Ascot last week where soft ground saw him withdrawn and as a dual Group One winner he very much sets the standard.
Won three of five starts since transferring to this yard from France and took form to new level latest when winning a Newbury Listed race by 4½L. That form alone is competitive and no suggestion his improvement has halted yet so rates a big player.
2016 C&D winner but just one from 10 at Pattern level and that on AW when winning a Wolverhampton Listed race by a nose last year. Won twice this season and been consistent between but very much up against it at this level.
Decent fourths at this level the last twice at Goodwood and here, both over 1m. Beaten 5¾L behind Mustashry latest but D'bai got within neck of that rival at Doncaster so bit to find overall.
Improving mare ran really well when a neck second of 16 in a Goodwood Group Three before going one better at the same level next at Doncaster, both over 7f. Another rise in class but clearly thriving and mares allowance always useful.
Last Year's Winner
|T: H CandyJ: Harry Bentley|
Limato (7/4), D'bai (3/1), Mankib (6/1), Zonderland (7/1), Dancing Star (7/1), Salateen (20/1), Breton Rock (25/1), Gordon Lord Byron (33/1)
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