13:50 - Poet's Word
This is a horse I rate but the soft ground is an unknown, and I hope it continues to dry out for him. If it isn't too bad - and for all I know he could relish it, I suppose - then I would like to think that he has pretty strong claims as I was impressed with him when I won on him at Chelmsford in April and he ran very well when second to Deauville at Chester, where I got the run of the race from the front on the winner.
The step up to this trip will definitely suit him, and I think he could improve past the form horse Frontiersman. But these conditions can be a great leveller and I'm sure the confirmed mudlarks will also be fancying their chances.
14:25 - Beat The Bank
I respect everything that Andre Fabre sends over and Trais Fluors looked the horse to beat in this race until he was pulled out on Thursday morning, presumably because of the ground. That is an also an unknown for my horse but he was very impressive when beating Forest Ranger and D'bai, who has won since, at Newmarket last time - I rode the fourth - and is a horse on the up. We may have lost the favourite but there are still some improving and classy handicappers in here, and some Group-placed horses, too.
15:00 - Master The World
He has a fair bit to recommend him. He was only beaten a head by the well-handicapped Franklin D in this race last season and he came back to form when second to an impressive winner in the soft at Newmarket last time. He would probably prefer better ground than this and he will need plenty of luck from stall three, but he probably has a better profile than most, so he has an each-way shout.
15:35 - Washington DC
He is normally the model of consistency in these Group 1 and 2 races, and he was only beaten a neck by Take Cover in this race last season. But he failed to fire in the King's Stand last time for some reason, and Aidan is trying him in first-time blinkers.
If he returns to the form of any number of his efforts at this level, then he has place claims. He does have some form with cut in the ground, but he would undoubtedly prefer it faster. But I imagine the connections of a few of these, including Battaash, will be saying the same.
16:40 - Asking
She has had a very busy time of it recently - this will be her 11th start this season - and she hasn't run up to her best on her last two starts. But 7f is her trip and she does have some form with cut, having won over this distance when winning a handicap off a mark of 95 at the Curragh last month. If it is still riding very soft, that would be a concern, though, and there are some much higher-rated fillies in here.
17:15 - Swiftsure
He was gelded before running away with a fast-ground 1m2f Pontefract handicap on his return and he ran well enough when third at Newmarket last time, when turned out quickly under a 6lb penalty. He is 6lb higher again here, so his chance isn't obvious from a handicapping point of view. But he ran well when second to a decent sort on soft ground on his debut last season and his pedigree gives you hope that the easier ground here will be okay for him, too.