Expect a big run
14:30 - Alfred Munnings
I think everyone saw how good he looked when winning at Leopardstown and it is easy to see why this half-brother to Snowfall heads the betting. That said, the runner-up from Leopardstown was well beaten next time - though, against that, the fourth came and won - and he is ranged against similarly unexposed, impressive winners, so you never know what you will bump into. But we clearly expect a big run.
Don't write off my first time ride
15:05 - Audience
I haven't ridden him yet and it seems like he has a fair bit to find, but he has only had three starts, so it would be highly premature to write him off. And the horse that beat him last time, the unbeaten Monaadah, is one of the market leaders here.
Capable of challenging fomidable fav
15:40 - Broome
Hurricane Lane will obviously take a lot of beating if coming here at his best, but we haven't seen him since the Arc, so maybe that gives us all a chance. And I think you have to be confident of a good show from Broome after his return over 1m2f at the Curragh last time, as he would have needed that after picking up an injury in Japan.
At his best, he is a genuine Group 1 horse and well suited by firm ground - you saw that at the Breeders' Cup last season when he was just touched off - and he finished a good second in this race last season on ground possibly softer than ideal, for all he handles soft if the rain comes to any significant degree. If the favourite runs below par, then hopefully I am best placed to take advantage. We were very happy with his comeback run.
Perhaps he can surprise again
16:20 - Garrus
This will be some race with 27 runners, and clearly Garrus has a fair bit to find. But he has been running well - he shaped better than it appears at York last time - he finished fifth in this race last season at a big price and he handles any ground, so perhaps he can surprise again. Home Affairs is obviously the one to beat, as he comes with a very big reputation, and justifiably so.
Plenty to like about his chance
17:00 - Rohaan
I have won on him a couple of times and he arrives here on a fair mark if returning to his best. He ran below par at York on his return but that was an odd race to ride in, and I'd be inclined to ignore it. He is 3lb lower than when winning this race last season and he handles fast ground, so there is plenty to
like about his chance.
Here comes the Sun King
17:35 - Sun King
We thought he would run a bit better last time but at least he has been dropped 3lb for it, and I think he is handicapped to go well if returning to the form of his earlier maiden form. The first-time tongue tie is on, too.
Faces True test but should be up for it
18:10 - Wordsworth
If the rain comes and Trueshan runs here, then we are all in trouble I imagine, but Wordsworth has a lot going for him, nonetheless. He finished second in the Queen's Vase here last season, is ground-versatile, and arrives here after running really well over shorter trips. I think the increased stamina test will improve him, too.