If he is in the same form, this race looks within his compass as he is progressing well. The two Aidan O’Brien runners, Cook Islands and Housesofparliament (good Dundalk winner last time), look major threats with Ryan Moore preferring the former who appeared to get stuck in the Leopardstown mud last time.
Second in an Ebor last season, the selection wound up a good flat campaign with a fine third in an Ascot Group Two last autumn and should enjoy this test and drying ground.
Now that Tom Dascombe has a winner on the Chester scoresheet, there could be increased confidence in Cymro who won with something to spare at Thirsk.
POWERALLIED (Best price 14-1) was only a length behind the selection when they met here in September and is unlikely to be unfit given his connections love winners at this meeting. He was pulled out of a race yesterday when the draw looked an awkward obstacle to overcome and that could prove a masterstroke by his handler.
Gracious John has an abundance of talent but could find himself in the racecourse bars if he hangs badly again off the home turn like he did at Chelmsford, while Kachy returns to sprinting but can’t afford to be dozy from the boxes.