Now that So You Think is out of the race, I think the first thing to say when assessing this Eclipse is that it is very winnable for a British Group 1 race. Very winnable.
But it is also one where there are doubts about all the runners.
Let's start with my mount, Crackerjack King.
From just a handful of runners, Italian horses, past and present, have run well in their rare appearances in this race. Falbrav won this in 2003 and Misil only got touched off by Opera House in 1993, while Altieri was third behind Oratorio in 2005.
I am certainly not saying that Crackerjack King is any Falbrav.
He is a lazy worker at home and that was the case when I sat on him recently. But, that said, he has done all that has been asked of him in the build-up to this and you certainly have to respect him on what he has done on the track. His only defeat came in the French Derby and among his wins he can number an Italian Derby and he gained a Group 1 win when scoring at Capanelle last time.
Don't get me wrong, he needs to improve on that to take this. But he has a progressive profile and he beat Luca's Afsare well last time, and that one had previously finished a good fourth in the Earl Of Sefton, travelling like the best horse in the race for a long way, and who won well at Sandown on Friday. . Has done all his winning on good ground - in fact, the French defeat came in the soft - so presumably the drier the better for him. At least, he comes here on a winning roll too, unlike most of these.
Farhh is the current 3.55/2 favourite for this race and that is probably fair enough after his troubled passage in finishing third to So You Think and Carlton House (who I obviously rode) in the Prince Of Wales at Ascot last time. If he steps up on that form - maybe even runs to the same level - then he could prove very hard to beat. But I have my doubts as to whether he was flattered there. And, having just his fifth start, he presumably is a horse who has had his problems. I can't get over-excited about him at his current price.
As we saw at Royal Ascot, John Gosden has phenomenal strength in depth across the board this season and Nathaniel has a major chance at his best. His defeat of me and Workforce in the Betfair King George last year gives him a leading chance.
Obviously, for stallion purposes, I think it could be important for connections to win a 1m2f Group 1 race with him - and I don't think they get any easier than this in the UK - so it wouldn't surprise me were he spot on here. But he would ideally need the rain to arrive and he was a little below par over this trip in the Champion Stakes.
But I don't know about his state of readiness, and I am guessing. What I do know is that there are only two weeks between Sandown and Ascot this year, and winning both will be a very big ask.
The one I like is Cityscape, who I rode to finish third to Canford Cliffs and Goldikova in last year's Queen Anne.
He has form on fast ground but any rain will really help his chances. But if it is on the quick side, then this course may help. He probably wouldn't like fast ground at Newmarket with all the undulations. Basically, he needs some help when encountering fast ground and the stiff uphill finish here means he will always be meeting the ground and that helps. People may point to the fact that he ran a bit below par on his only start here but I wouldn't read too much into that.
If he was coming into this race straight from his Dubai Duty Free win, where I thought he was incredibly impressive, then I think he would be a worthy favourite. He is the horse to beat in that sort of form.
Bonfire impressed me in the Dante but I couldn't have him here after his Derby run. And the 3yos hardly look much cop this year, do they?
Likewise, I liked the look of Cogito when winning the Heron Stakes here but he didn't figure in the St James' Palace, and has his stamina to prove as well.
You have to respect Monterosso on his Dubai World Cup win and that gives him a clear form chance in this company. But it may be asking too much of him to win this on his first start since Meydan. Perhaps connections are eyeing the King George for him in a fortnight. After all, he won the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot over course and distance two seasons ago. Again, I am guessing though.
Twice Over is a proven Group 1 winner but he is a 7yo now and has been beaten in both his starts in Group 3 company this season. I can't see him being good enough these days, and that comment obviously also applies to City Style and Sri Putra, too.
So, in summary, I hope that my mount surprises me, improves and keeps on his winning run. He is certainly not running in an above-average Eclipse. But Cityscape is the horse I like here.