1. Blue Point (Charlie Appleby/James Doyle)
Won all three starts at Meydan in early part of this year, namely Meydan Sprint, Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint and Al Quoz Sprint. Proved better than ever when repeating last year's King's Stand Stakes win here on Tuesday, finding plenty to beat old rival Battaash by a length and a quarter. That level sets the clear standard on weight-adjusted ratings here, and equally effective at six furlongs, he should take all the beating if able to reproduce that form after only four days off.
2. Bound For Nowhere (Wesley Ward, USA/Tyler Gaffalione)
Finished fourth in Commonwealth Cup at this meeting in 2017 and third in this race (beaten three quarters of a length behind Merchant Navy) 12 months ago. Ran respectably neck second to Imprimis in Shakertown Stakes at Keeneland on reappearance in April, which should have put him spot on for this. Place claims once again.
3. City Light (Stéphane Wattel, France/Christophe Soumillon)
Successful in 2018 in minor event at Chantilly, All-Weather Sprint Championships at Lingfield and Prix de Saint-Georges at Longchamp, before finishing second in this race (short head behind Merchant Navy after missing the break). Shaped well when half-length second to Inns of Court in listed race at Maisons-Laffitte on reappearance, form that is working out well. This likely to have been his target and cannot be discounted with soft ground no problem.
4. Donjuan Triumphant (Andrew Balding/Silvestre de Sousa)
Smart performer who goes particularly well in testing conditions. Beaten two and a quarter lengths in third by Sands of Mali in Champions Sprint Stakes over C&D last season, and returned to something like his best when second to Brando in minor event at Hamilton (beaten a length and a quarter) recently. Even that form leaves him with plenty to find here, though.
5. Dream of Dreams (Sir Michael Stoute/Daniel Tudhope)
Improved performer this season, winning both starts, namely minor event at Chelmsford and listed race at Windsor (readily, by length from Glorious Journey) last time. Seems to be versatile regards ground and this progressive type is not to be underestimated up significantly in class.
6. Emblazoned (John Gosden/Frankie Dettori)
Won minor events at Lingfield and Yarmouth in early part of 2018, before producing career best when a length and a half third to Eqtidaar in Commonwealth Cup at this meeting on final start that season. Still green after 11 months off when half-length second to Shabaaby in minor event at Haydock last time. Remains with potential, but looks up against it in this exalted company.
7. Enzo's Lad (Michael & Matthew Pitman, New Zealand/Fergus Sweeney)
New Zealand-trained sprinter who's capable of smart form on his day, as he showed when winning Group 1 Telegraph Stakes at Trentham for second year running in January. Well-held in King's Stand Stakes here on Tuesday, though, and likely to be similar story here.
8. Invincible Army (James Tate/P.J. McDonald)
Won Pavilion Stakes over C&D in 2018, but is an improved model this season, winning listed race at Doncaster in March before proving better than ever to follow up in Duke of York Stakes (by two and a quarter lengths from Major Jumbo with bit in hand) last time. Looks a smashing prospect, and his laid-back demeanour and strong-travelling style will stand him in good stead. Big player.
9. Kachy (Tom Dascombe/Richard Kingscote)
Very smart performer who has a good strike rate on the all-weather. Proved as effective on turf when winning minor event at Chester in 2018, but tends to struggle on straight tracks, disappointing behind Battaash in Temple Stakes at Haydock last time. Soft ground a concern, too.
10. Keystroke (Stuart Williams/Adam Kirby)
Proved at least as good as ever for new connections this season, winning two of his three starts, notably when causing a shock in Abernant Stakes at Newmarket (by head from Yafta, helped by being held up in strongly-run race) last time. Entitled to have a crack at this, but others make more appeal.
11. Le Brevido (Aidan O'Brien, Ireland/Ryan Moore)
Looked to have good future when neck winner of Jersey Stakes for Andre Fabre at this meeting two years ago, but had problems that limited him to only one start in 2018. Shaped well in first two starts for new yard this season, but failed to meet market expectations when three lengths fifth to Lord Glitters in Queen Anne Stakes here on Tuesday. Bit to prove now dropping two furlongs in trip after only four days off.
12. Lim's Cruiser (Stephen Gray, Singapore/Vlad Duric)
Smart performer who has won four times at Kranji, notably Lion City Cup in 2018. Beaten a neck in second after travelling well in mid-division in latest renewal of that race last time, and will need a career best to feature here based on that form.
13. Projection (Roger Charlton/Jason Watson)
Often saves his best for this course, and gained due reward when winning Bengough Stakes over C&D (by neck from Dream of Dreams) in 2018. Played up beforehand (not for the first time) when well below form in Duke of York Stakes on return last time, but entitled to fare better than that now.
14. Sands of Mali (Richard Fahey/James McDonald)
Successful three times in 2018, notably Champions Sprint Stakes over C&D (career-best effort when beating Harry Angel by length, making all). Yet to hit form in two starts this season, still looking rusty when four and three quarter lengths third to Brando in minor event at Hamilton last time. Record over C&D entitles him respect, though, and folly to ignore his claims. Versatile regards ground.
15. Speak In Colours (Joseph O'Brien/Donnacha O'Brien)
Won Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the Curragh (by one and a quarter lengths from Gordon Lord Byron) in 2018, but finished the season under a cloud. Bounced back to best after seven months off when three-quarter length second to Mr Lupton in Greenlands Stakes there last time, but this demands more.
16. The Tin Man (James Fanshawe/Oisin Murphy)
Very smart performer who won this race in 2017 and finished fourth (beaten a length by Merchant Navy) 12 months ago. Ran up to his best in listed race at Windsor on return last month, despite losing unbeaten record in the race, and that is sure to tee him up nicely for this. Very effective over this C&D and high on the shortlist once more.
17. Tip Two Win (Roger Teal/David Probert)
Won Group 2 Al Biddah Mile at Doha in 2018, but best effort came when second in 2000 Guineas at Newmarket (one and a half lengths behind Saxon Warrior). Not seen since returning lame on off-fore in Qatar Derby in December and has plenty to prove back down markedly in trip here.
18. Yafta (Richard Hannon/Jim Crowley)
Won handicap at Newmarket and Hackwood Stakes at Newbury (by head from Projection) in 2018. Second in Abernant Stakes at Newmarket (head behind Keystroke) in April, and creditable three lengths third to Invincible Army in Duke of York Stakes last time. Likely not up to this level, though.