Inverness goes in stall 14, and he's a horse who will absolutely the love the fast ground.
"The son of Highland Reel ran in the Coroebus Novice at Newmarket last season, which is also the race that welcomed Frankel and Roaring Lion to the world. And Nathaniel may I add. The first six have all won out of that race last season with the second now 97. Inverness was sixth in that and was also fair and squarely beaten on his return at Epsom in the Blue Riband Trial. Clearly they must have thought he had ability pitching into those sort of races.
Back Inverness @ 23.022/1
King George V Stakes, 15:05
"The first race of interest is King George V Stakes and William Haggas may have the answer in the shape of Post Impressionist. The son of Teofilo has progressed with each of his three starts, winning a maiden over a mile at Ayr is very authoritative fashion before finishing second in a particularly strong novice contest over a mile-and-a-quarter at Newcastle last time.
"On the latter occasion he got caught a bit flatfooted two furlongs out before finishing off strongly inside the final furlong towards the middle of the track. It was an excellent effort that has been well advertised by the subsequent form of those in behind him since."
Back Post Impressionist each-way @ 8.515/2
Gold Cup, 16:20
"This race has been the target for four-year-old Tashkhan, who has been building to a bigger performance and is a sure improver for this step up in distance on the balance of his form. He stuck to the task well at York in a steadily run affair when three lengths off Stradivarius, and his seasonal return when fourth behind Princess Zoe here in the Sagaro Stakes over 2m was an encouraging performance.
"He was an excellent second in the Long Distance Cup here in October behind Trueshan when having Stradivarius behind but the key to this progressive horse is certainly the trip."
Back Tashkan each-way @ 23.022/1
Britannia Stakes, 17:00
"Hopefully, I will be pouring myself a large one after Koy Koy wins the Britannia at 17:00. Back him at 25/1 win-only with the Betfair Sportsbook.
"He has course form having finishing second to Saga (more of him in a bit) here last season, he bolted up at Newbury afterwards, and he ran a hugely encouraging race on his return at Chester when a length second to Outgate.
"He bumped into one there in the shape of the winner, who is now rated 10lb higher after following up at the same course last time, so he must be considered well handicapped off just 3lb higher."
Back Koy Koy at 26.025/1 win-only with Betfair Sportsbook
Britannia Stakes, 17:00
"Saga was disappointing on his latest run over seven furlongs at this course last time, but he came in for plenty of support that day and is surely capable of better.
"His form from last year where he finished runner-up to Modern Games and Coroebus on his first two starts could hardly have worked out any better, and he also bumped into Maljoom on his return this year at Kempton, who was a most unlucky loser in the St James's Palace Stakes on Tuesday.
"Those pieces of form make him look attractively handicapped and first-time blinkers may turn out to be the key to him."
Back Saga each-way @ 14.0
The 'without the favourite' market interests me in here, though, and I suspect Aidan O'Brien's Howth has been somewhat underestimated.
His official rating isn't that far behind the likes of Claymore and Maksud, who are both towards the head of this particular market, and I think there's every chance he could find some improvement for the step up to 1m 2f for the first time.
That theory is given credence when we look at Howth's pedigree, as he's closely related to the smart Cayenne Pepper - who was a winner over this trip - and Just Because, a winner over 1m 3f.