Hugo Palmer's attentions will be firmly fixed on Galileo Gold's attempt to complete the English/Irish 2000 Guineas double at the Curragh at 5.40 this afternoon but lets hope that Zodiakos can put the affable Newmarket trainer in positive mood with victory in the ultra-competitive Silver Bowl Handicap at Haydock (3.05) earlier in the day.

Newmarket last completed the illustrious Guineas double when Cockney Rebel added Geoff Huffer's name to the history making pages in 2007 and Palmer has certainly shown he is up with the best since taking out his licence in 2011.

Zodiakos obviously acts at a lower level but he has shown that he is talented and tough gelding and his ability at home wasn't missed on his debut over seven furlongs at Sandown last July when he hacked up by four and a half lengths from Henry The Explorer.

His next outing on soft ground at Salisbury was his only blip on his record when he proved restless in the stalls and dwelt but the real Zodiakos turned up over a mile at Kempton later month when he made much of the running before succumbing to the killer blow of Pure Diamond and he was beaten three quarters of a length to Pure Diamond.

Pure Diamond is now rated 103 and was an easy winner from Comicas (sent of 15-8 favourite for an Ascot handicap this month off a mark of 98) and, which ever way you turn the equation, Zodiakos looks well handicapped here off a mark of only 89.

Owned by Mr Wilson Woo, the Zodiac gelding wasn't given the most positive of rides when third, beaten three and a half lengths, to Folkswood on his reappearance over a mile at Newmarket in April but he looks ideal drawn in stall eight to sit wherever Martin Harley wants him to be and over this quick mile he could well make all.

His trainer has one eye on the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot and victory here can ensure he books his place at the Royal meeting. He looks well worth a 1pt each-way investment.

I can vividly remember Harley partnering Jallotta to victory at over seven furlongs at York last Summer and Fitri Hay's tough five-year-old could well be poised to deliver the goods for Jamie Spencer in the Stakes at York (2.05).

Jallotta clearly goes well at a course where pace is of the optimum and was able to repel One Word More by a head on that occasion off a mark of 99. He didn't have much luck at Chester last time when hampered early and then was eased in the closing stages but the wide open spaces of the Knavesmire are much more to his liking and Spencer is riding out of his skin.

These look a very exposed bunch of handicappers but Jallota runs consistently to his mark and from stall four could be ready to resume winning ways. He looks worth a 1pt each-way investment too.
Zodiakos - 1pt e/w @ 10/1
Jallota - 1pt e/w @ 10/1