13:50 - KAMEKO (3) was much improved from his debut when second in the Solario Stakes at Sandown last time, though he still looked far from the finished article, running green when first asked for his effort two furlongs out before rallying close home to be beaten just a nose. That form sets the standard on weight-adjusted ratings here, and with the prospect of even more to come as he gains in experience, this looks a good opportunity for him to record a first success in pattern company, representing the Andrew Balding yard that continues in top form (seven winners from last 27 runners). Year of The Tiger and Highland Chief complete the shortlist.
14:25 - Moving on to the second leg of the Placepot and it's hard to see past RAFFLE PRIZE (9), who looked really smart when defying a Group 2 penalty in the Duchess of Cambridge on the July Course and more than confirmed that when a close second in a strong renewal of the Prix Morny last month. Andre Fabre has a very good record here and his Tropbeau is feared most after a pair of pattern wins in France, while Etoile may prove best of the remainder.
15:00 - MONARCH OF EGYPT (5) has progressed with every start to date and lost nothing in defeat when second in the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh last time, keeping on well to be beaten just three quarters of a length by the exciting Siskin. Clearly, Aidan O'Brien's charge has work to do if he going to reverse the placings with that rival here, but he remains open to more improvement given his lightly raced profile, especially now back on a sounder surface, and odds of around 8/1 make some each-way appeal for a yard that knows what it takes to win this race, as demonstrated by U S Navy Flag and Ten Sovereigns in the last two renewals. Earthlight and Mums Tipple are others to note in a red-hot heat.
15:40 - MORDIN (4) appeared stimulated by the demands of this contest 12 months ago, no match for the very smart winner but finishing strongly in his own right to get second close home, having been just about the last off the bridle. Back to winning ways on his reappearance at Haydock in May, that effort confirmed that he retains all his ability - and then some - and a 9 lb higher mark than when hitting the frame last term might not prove beyond him if getting back on the up after a few below-par efforts, especially with the in-form Marco Ghiani (eight winners from his last 28 rides) claiming a valuable 7 lb. He is joined in the Placepot by the three-year-old LORD NORTH (18), who shaped very well back from a break at Ascot for last year's winning trainer-jockey combination, while Majestic Dawn and Le Don De Vie are others who cannot be totally discounted, either.
16:15 - The vote goes to SUNSET KISS (15), who was just over a length adrift of Princess Bride when fifth on debut at Leicester and may well find the sufficient improvement to reverse the placings with that rival here. Baaqy can be expected to leave her initial run well behind and she enters calculations, along with Irish raider Love Bracelet and likely-looking newcomers Dream Round and Queen's Favour.
16:50 - Jonathan Portman has an excellent record (£60.18 level-stakes profit) when sending only one runner to a meeting in recent years, and it could be worth taking a chance on his sole representative at Newmarket this afternoon in the shape of MILD ILLUSION (6). Admittedly, this is much tougher than the nursery she won from 9 lb lower at Salisbury two weeks ago, but it was hard not to be impressed by the manner of her success that day, forging clear to win by three and three quarter lengths with plenty in hand, and her scope for further progress identifies her as very much one to keep onside in her follow-up bid, with the booking of Oisin Murphy also catching the eye. Huboor and Oti Ma Boati are next best.
17:25 - A chance is taken on BATTERED (4), who shaped well on his first run following a seven-month break at Doncaster. Stepping back up in trip here will be in his favour and the five-year-old is lurking on a potentially handy mark. Blackheath did well under the circumstances in a hot Ascot handicap last time and is feared with Andrea Atzeni in the hot-seat, while Riviera Nights and Spanish City are others to consider.