Call To Mind is bred in the purple and was all the rage in the betting market when making a winning debut at Newbury last month. It took a while for the penny to drop, but he found plenty in the closing stages and was value for more than the winning margin suggests. The step up in trip promises to suit William Haggas' promising colt, who is clearly held in high regard (entered in the Derby), and open to significant improvement, he remains one to keep on the right side. Leshlaa is well worth a crack at a race like this following his C&D handicap success and he could prove the biggest danger.
Barrington won a Windsor maiden in impressive fashion last season and was far from disgraced in a competitive renewal of the July Stakes at Newmarket on his final start. He's a tall, useful-looking colt who is open to further improvement this year, and it's interesting that Frankie Dettori has been booked to ride, so he is worth siding with on his return. Perfect Angel was runner-up in the Mill Reef over C&D last autumn and is respected with the Andrew Balding string in form, while Visionary won't be far away if translating his recent all-weather form to turf.
Ribchester had a cracking campaign last year, and you could argue he was a little unlucky to win only one Group 1. He and Galileo Gold clashed several times, though unlike that rival, Ribchester improved right through the season, his best effort coming when a good half-length second to Minding in the Queen Elizabeth II stakes in October. Richard Fahey's high-class four-year-old shaped well on his return over 9f at Meydan in March, seemingly stretched by the longer trip on rain-softened ground, and he will be much more effective back at 1m, with the likely soft ground no problem either, so he has plenty in his favour. Galileo Gold lost his way towards the end of 2016, but that was understandable after doing so much in the first half of the campaign, and he'll be a big threat if back to anywhere near his best.
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