Diamond Jubilee 2018: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide
Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to Saturday's Diamond Jubilee, and pick out their 1-2-3...
"Effectiveness on the track a major asset against others with superior form..."
Timeform on The Tin Man
1. BOUND FOR NOWHERE (Wesley Ward/Joel Rosario)
Very smart performer who won first two starts in 2017 before finishing fourth in Commonwealth Cup (beaten four and a quarter lengths by Caravaggio) over C&D. Has won both outings this year, proving better than ever to win Grade 2 Shakertown Stakes (5.5f) at Keeneland by four lengths in April. Trainer's runners always respected at this meeting but has a little to find in form terms.
2. CITY LIGHT (Stephane Wattel/Christophe Soumillon)
Much-improved performer this year, winning all three starts, including All-Weather Sprint Championships at Lingfield (by one and a half lengths from Kachy) in March. Showed versatility when winning 5f Prix de Saint-Georges at Longchamp last time and he is very much a sprinter on the up so shouldn't be dismissed too lightly.
3. D'BAI (Charlie Appleby/William Buick)
Won 7f handicap at Meydan in January and proved as good as ever when three-quarter length second to The Tin Man in 6f listed race at Windsor in May. Didn't need to improve to gain first pattern win in John of Gaunt Stakes at Haydock last time, but this represents a much stiffer task.
4. HARRY ANGEL (Clive Cox/Adam Kirby)
Made up into top-class sprinter in 2017, winning Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock (course-record time), July Cup at Newmarket (beat Limato by one and a quarter lengths) and Sprint Cup at Haydock (by four lengths from Tasleet). Gave weight and a beating to very smart pair on return in Duke of York Stakes and he's a leading form contender, though record at this course (0-4) is a slight concern.
5. INTELLIGENCE CROSS (Aidan O'Brien/Seamie Heffernan)
Smart performer who won minor event at Navan in 2017, but often used as pacemaker otherwise that year (fifth in falsely-run July Cup). Off 7 months and shaped as if needing return when seventh to Merchant Navy in Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh. More needed to figure.
6. LIBRISA BREEZE (Dean Ivory/Robert Winston)
Developed into very smart performer in 2016 and made breakthrough at highest level when winning Champions Sprint Stakes (by one and a quarter lengths from Tasleet) final start in 2017. Had optimum conditions there (strongly-run race which suited hold-up horses) and has since disappointed in Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan in March. Has great record at this course, though, and better expected now.
7. MERCHANT NAVY (Aidan O'Brien/Ryan Moore)
Group 1 winner in his native Australia in 2017 and made impressive start for new yard when winning 6f Greenlands Stakes (conceded weight all round) at the Curragh last time by length from Spirit of Valor. Reportedly set to return to Australia for stallion duties after this but has to be high on the shortlist given connections. Most runs over 6f+.
8. PROJECTION (Roger Charlton/Kieran Shoemark)
Finished third in Wokingham Stakes in 2017 and runner-up to Blue Point in Bengough Stakes final start that year, both over C&D. At least as good as ever when three quarter lengths third to The Tin Man off level weights at Windsor last time, but this will demand a clear career-best performance.
9. REDKIRK WARRIOR (David & B Hayes/Tom Dabernig/Frankie Dettori)
Won both starts over 1¼m for William Haggas in 2014 but has been transformed into a high-class sprinter for these connections, winning Group 1s over both 5f and 6f this year (Merchant Navy beaten a short-head and a head into third on latter occasion). Commands maximum respect representing a country that provided the 2003 and 2012 winners of this race.
10. SIR DANCEALOT (David Elsworth/Sean Levey)
Good two and a quarter length third to Harry Angel in Duke of York Stakes last month and resumed winning ways down in grade in 6f minor event at Hamilton last time, worth extra credit in a race which wasn't run to suit. Still, this demands much more.
11. SPIRIT OF VALOR (Aidan O'Brien/Donnacha O'Brien)
Came on for reappearance when good length second to Merchant Navy in Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh last time, just collared final 100 yards. More needed if he's to trouble the principals, though.
12. THE TIN MAN (James Fanshawe/Tom Queally)
High-class performer who often saves his best for this track, recording his third C&D win in this race last year. Proved himself in good heart when winning listed race at Windsor on return by three quarter of a length from D'Bai (form franked since) and another bold bid is on the cards. Effectiveness on the track a major asset against others with superior form.
Timeform Diamond Jubilee Analyst Verdict
Last year's winner THE TIN MAN has a very good record over this C&D and seems sure to be spot on for this following his win at Windsor last month. Merchant Navy was impressive on his stable debut and is sure to prove popular given connections, while Harry Angel and Redkirk Warrior look serious players, too.
Timeform Diamond Jubilee 1-2-3
1. The Tin Man
2. Merchant Navy
3. Harry Angel