The drop to a mile and a half didn’t play to the strengths of SAIGON CITY (York, 4.15) at Goodwood, but he still acquitted himself creditably behind Soldier In Action and could be a different proposition now he returns to two miles.
The Cesarewitch has been mooted as a possible aim for the selection so he needs to be competitive in a race of this nature, but he boasts a good record over marathon trips and should find conditions to his liking.
It goes without saying this looks a tough heat for punters to unravel but TATHMEEN (Goodwood, 4.50) is clearly well regarded given he holds a host of Group entries later in the seasons, including in the Group One Middle Park next month.
Those maybe lofty aspirations but he quickened in the style of a smart horse to win well at Newbury and a mark of 85 may look lenient in time for a horse which also clocked a smart sectional in bolting up last time.
The veteran tackled the Nunthorpe at this meeting 12 months ago so this event represents a more appropriate test and he looks reasonably drawn down the middle of the track with front-runners either side.