FASHION QUEEN has what should be a good draw and is dropping into handicap company for the first time on the back of a close second in a Listed race at Deauville last time.
She won a Listed race over course and distance earlier in her career and goes on any ground. This is a red-hot contest but she has enough quality to run well.
Tis Marvellous won well at Ascot last time and has chances of following up despite a 5lb rise in the weights.
WATAN was massively impressive when winning on debut at Glorious Goodwood last time out. He powered away from some useful rivals over 6f there and should appreciate this step up in distance.
He wouldn’t have to improve much to land another victory. Persian Moon showed his liking for this track with a course and distance success last time. This is a fair step up in class but he can’t be written off.
CROSS COUNTER put in one of the best efforts of the Glorious Goodwood meeting when winning the Group 3 Gordon Stakes pulling a bus.
He put Dee Ex Bee firmly in his place that day when breaking the track record. He relishes this distance and looks the type to become a Group 1 performer.
Kew Gardens is fancied for the St Leger and with good reason after winning a Longchamp Group 1 over this trip last time.
That was on the back of his Queen’s Vase trip after struggling in the Derby. He looks more of a stayer but should be right on the premises.
POET’S WORD is following the Sir Michael Stoute blueprint and is getting better every time he sees the racecourse.
He had just a neck in hand of stablemate Crystal Ocean when winning the King George VI at Ascot last time but he gave the impression that there was more there if needed.
The drop back to this distance holds no fears and he could yet have more to offer. Roaring Lion looks the main danger after his win in the Coral Eclipse at Sandown last time.
He didn’t stay in the Derby and this looks his ideal distance. He won the Dante here so York suits and he’s on the upgrade.
HOCHFELD has few miles on the clock this season and showed good signs when third in a staying handicap at Goodwood last time. He goes off the same mark here over a trip that suits well.
He keeps it simple from the front and William Buick is good at winding up the pace. They have every chance of being on the podium at least.
Stablemate Soldier In Action is another who came back to something close to his best form at Ascot last time. He was a solid fourth there over 2m and has had a little nudge down the weights.
Northwest Frontier won on his last visit here and found 2m4f too much at Goodwood last time. He’s on a fair mark and should run well.
DARK SHADOW managed to win at Sandown last time despite stumbling in the closing stages. It was an excellent sign that it didn’t put him off and he kept galloping to the line.
This step up to 6f looks a wise move and there should be a lot more to come. Evie Speed managed to win from a bad draw at Ripon last time with more than three lengths to spare.
That was an impressive effort and she would be a big danger if building on that.
2.15 Winter Light
2.50 Indian Affair
4.00 Final Rock
4.35 Pour La Victoire
2.40 Hello Youmzain
3.15 Bugler Bob
4.25 Foxtrot Knight
5.25 Poet’s Pride
5.45 Lively Lydia
6.45 Via Delle Volte
7.15 Extra Elusive
5.30 One For Billy
6.00 Mr McGuiness
7.30 Lucca Lady