Wesley Ward has won this contest three times since 2009 and he looks to have another speedball on his hands with CHELSEA CLOISTERS. She made a very impressive debut when winning at Keeneland on the dirt by eight lengths and she has reportedly trained very well on turf since. Confidence seems very high in the camp and it would be no surprise were she able to turn this into a procession just like stable companion Lady Aurelia did two years ago.
Shades Of Blue won nicely on debut over C&D in a race that has worked out very well with the second and the third, Come On Leicester (who reopposes here), both coming out and winning in good style and she represents a yard that won this contest 12 months ago with Heartache. Kurious showed a good attitude on her debut when showing plenty of early speed from an inadequate draw to score at Sandown and is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Tangerine Trees, while Forever In Dreams must be respected as she is from the same connections that won the Albany with Different League last year.
Prediction : 1st Chelsea Cloisters 2nd Shades Of Blue 3rd Kurious
A race with a strong roll of honour including subsequent Gold Cup winners Estimate and Leading Light, and one of the favourites for this year's renewal Stradivarius. Kew Gardens bids to bounce back to winning form having done his job as pacemaker in the Derby when ninth behind Masar and the way he races suggests a step up in trip may suit. His stable companion Southern France has improved with each start and won a Listed contest over 1m5f at Navan on his most recent outing. He remains unexposed and open to significant improvement.
John Gosden also has an interesting pair with Stream Of Stars, a maiden winner here over 1m4f last month, and ALMOGHARED. Preference goes to the latter as he looked a resolute galloper when winning on his second start at Chepstow and this half-brother to Oaks winner Taghrooda can prove to be a smart stayer.
Prediction : 1st Almoghared 2nd Kew Gardens 3rd Southern France
Urban Fox won well on stable bow for William Haggas over course and distance last time but will need a big career best to be successful here, while Tomyris got the better of Lincoln Rocks on her reappearance on the Lingfield turf in a Group 3 last month.
Aljazzi only found recent German Group 2 winner Stormy Antarctic and Lincoln winner Addeybb too good last time, but she might struggle to account for the classy HYDRANGEA. A winner here on Champions Day last season, the four-year-old is likely to have come on significantly for her Curragh reappearance and can defy a penalty. Wilamina was given a canny ride by Frankie Dettori to strike at Epsom last time and she should enjoy this rattling fast ground.
Prediction : 1st Hydrangea 2nd Urban Fox 3rd Wilamina
CRACKSMAN enjoyed a fine season at three, placing in Derbys on both sides of the Irish Sea and then landing a hat-trick in the Great Voltigeur, Prix Niel and Champions Stakes. The last of those victories came over C&D, underlining his effectiveness at this venue, and he's enhanced his reputation by following up his Ganay victory on his reappearance by striking again in the Coronation Cup.
Brigadier Gerard scorer Poet's Word commands respect and although he was held by Hawkbill on his first start of 2018 over 1m4f at Meydan back in March, he may be able to reverse the form with that rival (who is now sporting first-time blinkers after disappointing at Epsom), now match fit and locking horns over this shorter trip.
Prediction : 1st Cracksman 2nd Poets Word 3rd Hawkbill
Zhui Feng sprang a surprise when making all to win this contest 12 months ago and although he's 8lb higher now, he was thwarted by just a neck off 2lb lower in the Victoria Cup latest and could feasibly pop up here if let loose on the front end. With Love Dreams drawn next door to him, however, perhaps the race may be set up to suit a closer this year. SALTONSTALL scored with plenty of authority at the Curragh latest and is 1lb well in while racing under a penalty for that victory.
Keyser Soze caught the eye when third in the Spring Cup and suffered from a tardy start here last time, an effort which is readily dismissed. Others worthy of consideration in an open heat are recent York scorer Afaak, the consistent Kynren and Escobar, the latter of whom sneaks into this race at the bottom end of the handicap under a penalty after scoring at Haydock last Thursday.
Prediction : 1st Saltonstall 2nd Keyser Soze 3rd Zhui Feng
Society Power got the better of EMARAATY by a short head when in receipt of 10lb from John Gosden's charge when they met in a Goodwood handicap last month, but the 2.6million guineas colt can get his revenge here and prove his class. The selection's stablemate Purser looks to land the hat-trick in the hands of Frankie Dettori and was successful in Listed company last time, while in the same colours Expert Eye looks to leave his 2000 Guineas disappointment behind him.
James Garfield is respected and this could be the Greenham Stakes winner's optimum trip, with Listed winner and Coventry second Headway, Lake Volta and Irish raider Brother Bear others who appeal at longer odds.
Prediction : 1st Emaraaty 2nd Purser 3rd James Garfield