The eye-catching Derby run of Japan will ensure he heads the market for this intriguing renewal and, given he has been slow to come to hand this season, there is every chance there could be further improvement to come.
Providing he has taken those exertions in his stride, the Epsom-third should take some beating here, however PRIVATE SECRETARY (Ascot, 3.05) should not be underestimated as he displayed a ready turn of foot to score at Goodwood last time. Trainer John Gosden has won two of the last eight runnings of this event in contrast to Aidan O'Brien who has saddled 15 contenders in the last decade without success.
Admittedly, the ground is an unknown for Private Secretary but hopefully a couple of largely dry days may ensure conditions are favourable.
Private Secretary 1pt ew @ 9-2
The daughter of Casamento made a pleasing start to life in a soft-ground Newbury maiden in April and has improved markedly since, winning on the bridle at both Salisbury and Kempton, displaying a lovely attitude on both occasions.
A mark of 90 looks fairly enticing and she is likely to be the recipient of a quiet ride from Jamie Spencer who has few peers on the straight track at Ascot.
Hotsy Totsy 1pt ew @ 11-2
It is tough to separate Baghdad and CORGI (Ascot, 5.35) - whose trainer has won with two of his three runners in this race - as the pair fought out a terrific finish to the three-year-old 12-furlong handicap at this meeting 12 months ago.
The latter shaped with a good degree of promise at York on his comeback from a wind operation behind the smart First Eleven and FUJAIRA PRINCE and the last-named is also worth backing given he won’t mind any juice in the ground, while the manner in which he kept finding for pressure on the Knavesmire was particularly encouraging.
Both look worth playing with layers who are offering five places as their speed figures are extremely appealing.
Fujaira Prince 1pt ew @ 6-1
Corgi 1pt ew @ 6-1
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