Big-race ver­dict

Marl­bor­ough’s horse-by-horse guide

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Bat­taash

Quite sim­ply with­out equal when on a go­ing day. Three-time win­ner of this race and will once again be nigh on im­pos­si­ble to beat as he goes in search of the four-timer.

Ken Colt

Fast front-run­ning dual Listed win­ner who sports a first-time tongue strap. Cap­ti­vat­ing win­ner last time out, needs to prove he can do it on faster ground.

Or­nate

Bags of early speed, but he has too much to find in this con­text, even with the book­ing of Oisin Murphy tak­ing the eye.

Glass Slip­pers

Came up short in the King’s Stand Stakes and has a bit to prove, now un­placed in five of her past six starts on Bri­tish soil, with dry­ing ground not likely to help here.

Dubai Sta­tion

Group Three win­ner hav­ing his first try at the min­i­mum dis­tance since fin­ish­ing third to A’Ali in last year’s Nor­folk Stakes. Five fur­longs should suit, but has plenty to find.

Al Raya

Has two lengths to find with Ken Colt on their last meet­ing. Most re­cently fin­ished sec­ond at York in an ex­cel­lent time. Live each-way chance get­ting all the al­lowances.

Lib­erty Beach

The only course win­ner out­side of Bat­taash. Third in the King’s Stand, only been out of the first three once in nine starts; far and away the big­gest threat to Bat­taash.

VER­DICT

Bat­taash can con­tinue to ce­ment his sta­tus as one of the best sprint­ers in the world and win this race for a his­toric fourth time.

Lib­erty Beach is a very con­sis­tent filly, is proven at the track and will ben­e­fit from be­ing in receipt of some 12lb from her male el­ders; she can chase the se­lec­tion home. Al Raya clocked an eye-catch­ing time at York ear­lier this month, and is not to be un­der­es­ti­mated, get­ting the same weight-for­age and sex al­lowance.

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