The Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes takes place at Sandown on Thursday (19:45) and here's Timeform's verdict...
Tryster has been awesome on the all-weather this year and his turn of foot may prove decisive with no obvious front runners in the field...
Arab Spring progressed rapidly when winning his first four starts last year, easily defying top weight in the Duke of Edinburgh handicap at Royal Ascot. He resumed progress when landing a Group 3 at Newbury on his return and should go well.
Tryster proved a revelation on the all-weather over the winter, successful on all 5 starts, including the Winter Derby and Easter Classic at Lingfield, showing remarkable acceleration in the latter event. He's a big player if proving as good on turf.
Western Hymn won the Group 2 Prix Eugene Adam at Maisons-Laffitte last summer and has also won 2 Group 3s over C&D, including Gordon Richards Stakes on return (first run since being gelded). Has to be respected.
Eagle Top came a long way in a very short period as a three-year-old, an impressive winner of a Group 2 at Royal Ascot before finishing a creditable fourth in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. Holds obvious claims.
Niceofyoutotellme is bordering on smart and acquitted himself well when finishing fourth at this level at Newmarket on return, but this is even tougher.
Tullius has some very smart form to his name from last season, but he didn't have to run to that level when successful in a Doncaster minor event on return and could manage only fourth in a Group 3 over C&D since.
Verdict: A very strong renewal. Tryster has been awesome on the all-weather this year and his turn of foot may prove decisive with no obvious front runners in the field. Arab Spring and Eagle Top are potentially Group 1 standard, while dual Group 3 C&D-winner Western Hymn can't be underestimated.