Timeform pick out three bets from Gowran Park on Sunday.
"The return to this trip is no issue and he should be hard to beat if he progresses again."
Toccata Blue won this race in 2014 from 1 lb lower in the weights and should be capable of repeating that success after shaping better than the result when fourth at Listowel last time. The re-opposing Strait Of Zanzibar won that day, but Toccata Blue fared best of those held up off the pace, and also met trouble close home. Despite that interference he still made the frame for the third time in three starts this season, and he is taken to record a deserved win here. Expreso Brasileiro has a 2 lb swing in the weights with Great Wide after their meeting last time and he rates the main danger to the selection.
Aidan O'Brien's Schubert is currently favourite for this race, but he looks one to take on given that he has failed to get off the mark in six starts to date, and did not convince with his effort under pressure when third over C&D last time (carried head awkwardly). The bet at the prices could be Arch Sting, who may have needed the run on his reappearance last time at Navan (though wasn't beaten far in a warm race). He remains unexposed and should have more to offer with that run under his belt.
Mick Halford and Godolphin enjoyed Royal Ascot success last week with Portage in the Royal Hunt Cup, and Protocol could give the combination another winner at Gowran Park today. Protocol has had just five starts to date, and has progressed nicely through maidens into handicaps, producing a career-best effort at Killarney last time. The return to this trip is no issue and he should be hard to beat if he progresses again. Brontide matched the pick of his juvenile form on his reappearance here in April and looks the obvious danger.
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(All from Gowran Park)