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Prendergast’s charge has improved with each outing this term and the only slight negative to his chance is his lack of experience around a right-hand bend.
However, he appears to be a well balanced colt so it really shouldn’t prove an issue and rider Chris Hayes is likely to have a good pace to aim at with the likes of Cymric and Ehtiraas in the line-up acting as pacemakers.
The Gurkha is another to boast the scintillating turn of foot required to prevail at the top level and he could barely have been more impressive at Deauville when spread-eagling a decent field.
However, Awtaad narrowly gains the nod as he comfortably accounted for a Group One winner last time when arguably value for a wider margin of victory and there could be even more improvement to come.
Two American speedsters dominate the morning markets for the Windsor Castle Stakes and it will be fascinating to see how Big City Dreamin and Drafted fare after explosive victories at Keeneland.
Conditions could barely be more contrasting today and the soft ground could play to the strengths of Mister Trader (Ascot, nap, 5.35) who bumped into the classy Caravaggio at the Curragh last time and is likely to enjoy the stiff track more than most.
Darmouth – Sir Michael Stoute-trained winner of the Ormonde Stakes at Chester’ s May meeting and the Queen’s shortest-priced runner of the week at 6-1 for Saturday’s Hardwicke Stakes.
Daphne – Newmarket maiden winner thought by trainer William Haggas to have the stamina for Friday’s Queen’s Vase.
Diploma – Beautifully-bred and improving York winner is line for Wednesday’s Sandringham Stakes.
Fabricate – Michael Bell-trained gelding looked to need his comeback run when second at Hamilton. Heading for Friday’s Duke Edinburgh Stakes.
Guy Fawkes – Wide margin winner of a Redcar maiden. Will be an interesting potential improver in Thursday’s King George V Stakes.
Light Music – Second in Group Three Chartwell Stakes on seasonal debut. Has three potential targets including Wednesday’s Jersey and Friday’s Coronation Stakes.
Make Fast – Showed she goes well with cut in ground when second in the Surrey Stakes at Epsom’s Derby meeting. Another Sandringham Stakes candidate.
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Carntop – Form of his Lingfield Derby trial second looks solid. Missed Epsom to be kept fresh for Friday’s King Edward VII Stakes when he will be a leading player.
Pacify – Second in decent handicaps at both Epsom and York this season and lined up to run in Saturday’s Wolferton Stakes.