13:25 Sandown - Monteverdi
Clearly didn't run up to his best when beating only three home in the Britannia, and the handicapper has ignored that run and left him on the same mark. He drops back down to 7f, and that is the trip over which he had earlier finished third in a very strong York handicap in May. Went up 2lb for that, which was fair enough given the depth of the race, and he would clearly have a leading chance if coming back to that form. Has form with dig in the ground, too, and his draw looks okay.
14:00 Sandown - Soapy Aitken
Was a fair sprinting juvenile, fourth in the Windsor Castle, but his form tailed off afterwards. He looks to have made a fair return after a long absence when fourth to Easton Angel here last month, where he was drawn widest, so hopefully he will come on for that. He needs to though, by a fair amount, if he is to be competitive here and he is unproven on anything worse than good ground as well. But his stable is having a good season, so let's hope there is a lot more to come from this relatively lightly-raced colt. I see he is blinkered for the first time, too.
14:35 Sandown - What About Carlo
Was withdrawn from the listed race here on Friday. Didn't run well in the Wolferton at Royal Ascot but he is a soft-ground course-and-distance winner and he ran well enough the time before when third at Epsom. But could be too exposed for a race of this nature and the step back to a mile is not certain to suit, though he had form over it at the beginning of last season when fourth in the Lincoln.
15:10 Sandown - Make Fast
The softer the better for her, so any more rain will be in her favour. She was just touched off in soft ground at Newbury last season and has run three decent races this season, including when seventh in the Sandringham last time. She has a chance in an open race but I think the one to beat in here is Snow Moon.
I won the 1m2f listed contest in which she finished third in last time, but she was keen and wide there and not ideally positioned the way the race panned out. She is better than that, and the step back to a stiff 1m may suit her.
15:45 Sandown - The Gurkha
The Gurkha has proved himself a high-class colt in a very short space of time. He was clearly very impressive when winning the French Guineas - that was some performance going straight from winning a maiden to taking a Classic by five lengths or so - and it is fair to say that things didn't go ideally at Ascot last time, where Galileo Gold got first run on us.
The big question mark is whether he will stay the extra 2f here, and I think he will be fine. He is a horse I really rate, with class, speed and gears, and he looks the one to beat. I do respect the opposition, though, and I don't think there is that much between them to be honest.
I was gutted by the Prince Of Wales's result, and still am, but I certainly won't be underestimating My Dream Boat in a hurry. To do what he did there, after taking a very keen hold early on, then quickening up and winning despite drifting across the track, I think that you have to rate him as value for more than the neck that he beat me on Found. My filly ran her race there. He has course form and likes cut, too.
The more I look at the Ascot race the more impressed I am, and he certainly hasn't done a lot wrong since joining Clive Cox.
He gave Western Hymn 3lb and a beating over course and distance in April and, while I think the run of the race could be more important than weight to a certain degree here, you would have to favour him to confirm that form, for all that Western Hymn likes it here and is consistent at this level.
That pair's form obviously ties in closely with Time Test, too. I was very impressed with him when he gave Western Hymn 5lb in the Brigadier Gerard, but clearly connections would ideally want faster ground. And I do think he is a better horse on better ground, too. But he didn't run too badly at York last season and I don't think it was necessarily the easy ground than beat him in the Breeders' Cup Mile in Keeneland. It was softer than the official good description there but he was drawn wide and found the 1m trip too sharp on that track.
He looks a far bigger danger to me than Hawkbill. He is progressive but the Tercentenary didn't ride like an especially good race - I rode the third - and he needs to take a very big step forward to be winning a race like this.
I rode Bravery when he finished in midfield in the Prix Du Jockey Club, where he never got into the race from a wide draw. He didn't improve on that when beaten last time and has obviously failed to build upon the promise of his Irish Guineas fourth so far, and clearly has a lot to find.
16:20 Sandown - Fun Mac
Obviously faced a very stiff task on his return in the Gold Cup, though you would have probably liked him to show a bit more there, even in the testing conditions first time up. But if the ground dries out then he has a fair form chance in this at his best, which include a third in the Cadran at the end of last season. Has form on soft, but his better efforts look to have come on good or faster ground. This looks a very open and competitive race, in which you can give about 10 a chance at their best.
16:55 Sandown - Paling
I rode him when he finished an encouraging third over 1m at Lingfield on his reappearance, where it was clear that he would need further. He has improved since being upped 2f, and was a good second to an improver at Goodwood last time. Has gone up 2lb for that, but he is progressing himself and has a chance in an open race.