He made a good return to action when winning the Yorkshire Cup here in May but he didn't really progress from that run when fourth in the Hardwicke last time, a race that he had beaten Highland Reel in the year before.
That was still a fair run and he is the class horse in here but he does carry a 3lb penalty and that could make him vulnerable, and the 2m trip is an unknown, obviously. I think Thomas Hobson could be the one to beat.
He is a pretty good horse on his day, and the more the ground dries out for him the better. He probably ran a career-best when third in the Prix Maurice de Gheest in Deauville last time, and that form gives him every chance. But it is an incredibly tight-knit race from a ratings point of view, that is obvious, and there could be some fun and games in here with 20 runners.
Normally, I would be half-fancying my chances with Washington DC in a race like this. Consistent in this grade, runner-up in an Abbaye, and coming here on the back of a good win at the Curragh last time. But then I look at Lady Aurelia and Battaash and see two outstanding sprinters, probably the best since Oasis Dream.
It's rare to get two such horses operating at the same time. So, yes, I think it is between the pair, and I would favour Battaash. He was superb at Goodwood and I do have a slight doubt if Lady Aurelia can do it away from Ascot. I know there were excuses for her in the Cheveley Park but she wasn't the same horse in the Morny that she was in the Queen Mary.
There are plenty of promising youngsters in here, and hopefully Nicklaus can show he is a lot better than his last of six on his debut at Newmarket back in June suggested. The fact that William is running him here, in the race he won with Rivet last season, hopefully indicates that he is.
His two wins earlier in the season read well, and he was one of many that didn't get the breaks in the Britannia. Quite what happened when he ran no sort of race at Newmarket last time I am not sure, but he has been given a break since then and can hopefully return to form. If he does, then he is a horse that could have more to offer.