13:50 - Gin In The Inn
He comes into this in good form after a second in the soft at Pontefract on Sunday. He races off a 1lb higher mark in a deeper race, and has a quick turnaround to contend with, so he has his work cut out. But on the plus side he comes here in decent nick, has soft-ground ability and has form in big fields.
14:25 - Mainstream
He is not a straightforward horse and can be too keen, as you may have seen at York last time, and he needs finessing through his races. He actually went up 2lb for that York second but I don't have any doubt that he has the talent to win off his mark, and softer ground could well suit him here. As may the extra 2f.
15:00 - Crystal Ocean
He is a horse we have always rated at home, and the boss rightly resisted the temptation to go for the Derby with him after his promising third in the Dante. It would have been too soon for him, and we saw he was still learning when occupying the same position behind Permian and Khalidi in the King Edward VII last time.
He has just over a length to find with Khalidi, who won the Cocked Hat in here in May, but hopefully my colt has the greater scope for improvement. And that Ascot form looks decent with the fourth Raheen House coming out and winning. The other three horses need to improve a fair bit to take a hand here, but they have the potential to.
15:35 - Sir Dancealot
He is one of the best-handicapped horses in here, if not the best one, as he is 5lb lower than when narrowly beaten into second in the Bunbury Cup last time. That means he is actually 9lb well-in and he does have winning 6f form, too. This will be the softest ground he has encountered, though, and I don't know how his draw in 24 will pan out, and I have never ridden him before, either. But he is clearly weighted to figure, and drying conditions will suit.
16:10 - Bathsheba Boy
I rode him on his debut and he appeared to come on a lot for that last time, finishing a narrow second to a well-fancied newcomer. He looks to hold a leading form chance on that run. I think I was originally down to ride stablemate Rogue and he presumably has lived up to his name since running good races at Newbury earlier in the season, one of which was in the soft, and he has been gelded since his last outing. There are probably some decent sorts among the newcomers but both Richard's pair have a fair shout on form.