1. BRETON ROCK (David Simcock/Martin Harley)
Smart performer who won this race (by half a length from Home of The Brave) in 2017 and ran well most other starts, though out of depth in Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot final one. Shaped as if needing reappearance when fifth to Century Dream in Diomed Stakes at Epsom last time, and this run should reveal more. Any rain would help his cause (shows plenty of knee action).
2. D'BAI (Charlie Appleby/William Buick)
Made winning start to year in handicap at Meydan in January, and returned to best form when landing John of Gaunt Stakes at Haydock (by head from Larchmont Lad) in June. Ran respectably, but wasn't at his best when five lengths sixth to Merchant Navy in Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot last time. This more realistic and return to 7f a plus.
3. DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT (Andrew Balding/Oisin Murphy)
Won twice for these connections in 2017, landing minor event and 32Red Gold Cup at Haydock (by short head from Stake Acclaim). Progressed with each run this season, having optimum conditions when creditable one and a half lengths second to Emmaus in heavy-ground listed race at Leicester last time, no match for winner.
4. DUTCH CONNECTION (Charles Hills/James Doyle)
Smart performer who has great record here (three-time C&D winner, including this race in 2016), latest win coming in Supreme Stakes also over C&D in 2017. Showed he retains plenty of ability when three and a half lengths fourth to Rhododendron in Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on return, but below form both starts since. Can't discount returned to this venue, though.
5. EMMAUS (Roger Varian/Andrea Atzeni)
Strong, rangy colt who has won three of his four starts, including in heavy-ground listed race at Leicester last time by one and a half lengths from Donjuan Triumphant, forging clear final furlong. Yet to race on ground firmer than good, but has progressive profile, is in excellent hands, and almost certainly has more to offer.
6. HERE COMES WHEN (Andrew Balding/Jim Crowley)
Enjoyed best ever season in 2017, winning handicap at York on return and taking advantage of treacherous conditions when winning Sussex Stakes (1m) at this meeting by neck from Ribchester. Yet to match that form in two starts this year, though. Also entered in Sussex Stakes on Wednesday.
7. KARAR (Francis-Henri Grafford, France/Gregory Benoist)
Very smart performer who won Prix du Pin at Chantilly in 2017 (by one and a half lengths from Empire of The Star), and finished three-quarter length third to Aclaim in Prix de la Foret at Chantilly next time. Hit the frame in two Group 3s at Longchamp this season, and was supplemented for this at five-day stage. Respected given connections.
8. SIR DANCEALOT (David Elsworth/Gerald Mosse)
Won 6f minor event at Hamilton and Criterion Stakes at Newmarket (by length from So Beloved) in June, before creditable two and a half lengths fourth to U S Navy Flag in July Cup at Newmarket last time, finishing well. Return to 7f in his favour and has to be high on shortlist.
9. SO BELOVED (David O'Meara/Philip Makin)
Not the easiest to win with, losing run stretching back to May 2016. Good second in Criterion Stakes at Newmarket (length behind Sir Dancealot) in June, and respectable half-length second to Larchmont Lad in Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh last time. Place claims again.
10. SPIRIT OF VALOR (Aidan O'Brien, Ireland/Ryan Moore)
Won Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh (by one and three quarter lengths from So Beloved) in 2017, and showed similar form when second in Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh (length behind Merchant Navy) in May. Respectable four and three quarter lengths eighth to U S Navy Flag in July Cup at Newmarket last time, and should be thereabouts.
11. SUEDOIS (David O'Meara/Daniel Tudhope)
Very smart performer who won Boomerang Stakes at Leopardstown and Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes at Keeneland (by half a length from Heart To Heart) in 2017. Best effort since when good neck third to Beat The Bank in Summer Mile Stakes at Ascot last time, and only beaten half a length in this race last year. Commands plenty of respect.
12. TIP TWO WIN (Roger Teal/David Probert)
Successful in 2017 in 6f minor event at Windsor, listed race at Doncaster and minor event at Doha. Also won Group 2 Al Biddah Mile at Doha in February, and produced best effort yet when second in 2000 Guineas at Newmarket (one and a half lengths behind Saxon Warrior). Unable to confirm that effort in St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot last time, but this represents an easier task, and drop to 7f shouldn't inconvenience.