1: MISHRIFF (3:35pm Sandown) (4 votes)
Has won six of ten starts, including the French Derby last season and more recently the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan (1m 4f, good) back in March, when beating Chrono Genesis by a neck. The Gosdens have won this race in four of the last nine years and Mishriff could add to that list, although St Mark’s Basilica is the main threat here.
(The Scotsman, Glendale. Racing Post, Newmarket. The Sun On Sunday, Sirius. Mirror Online, Melissa Jones)
2: PYTHAGORAS (2:25pm Sandown) (3 votes)
Three wins in eight career starts so far, with the last of those amongst listed company at Pontefract (1m 6f, soft) back in October, beating Mystery Angel by a neck. Has struggled in tougher contests this season, including a sixth in the Dante at York, but it’s hoped a drop back to today’s mile trip, reinvigorates that form
(The Times, Rob Wright. attheraces.com, Lawrence Taylor. Weekender, Paul Kealy)
3: ARECIBO (1:50pm Sandown) (2 votes)
Two wins in four starts for new yard, with Robert Cowell’s runner grabbing a second win at Newmarket (5f, soft) back in May, when 2.25 lengths clear of Ishvara. A second in the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot (5f, good to firm), saw them 1.75 lengths behind Oxted in an impressive run and has strong claims, if able to repeat that sort of form today.
(Wolverhampton Express & Star, Andrew Bladen. Sky Sports Racing, Alex Hammond).
4: MYSTERY ANGEL (2:40pm Haydock) (2 votes)
Winner of the Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket (1m 2f, good to firm) in May, when 1.75 lengths clear of Sea Karats. Has since placed fourth in the Group 3, Musidora at York, before a 50/1 second in the Oaks at Epsom in latest, when 16 lengths adrift of runaway winner, Snowfall. Has solid claims here, but will need to find a little more to beat Alpinista, which isn’t out of the question.
(Daily Express, The Scout. Daily Record, Garry Owen)
5: DARK JEDI (3:15pm Haydock) (2 votes)
Without a win in six starts, since sealing a double at Ripon (1m 1f, good), in July of last year. However, Tim Easterby’s charge has placed second in three of the last four starts. He returned to action after a nine month break and placed fifth of eleven at Windsor (1m 3f, good) a week ago. Has won on a quick turnaround, after returning last season, so has claims here, especially if returning to previous form.
(The Sun, Templegate. Ipswich Star, Matt Polley)
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