Luck has not gone our way on the two occasions I have ridden this season, but he ran blinders when a narrow runner-up in both the Queen Anne and the Summer Mile. He has been placed in the Sussex Stakes since and won a Group 3 at York, so he clearly comes here in great form. He has a good draw in six, and you have to be positive about his chances. Perhaps Oscar Performance and Delta Prince are my biggest dangers, but the former was pulled up in the Arlington Million last time, so he has to bounce back.
Even though he was a beaten odds-on shot in this race last year, touched off by a head, I think he looks to have a pretty simple task on paper as long as he runs his race. He ran well fourth in the Eclipse last time and this dual Group 1 winner looks a cut above these at his best.
I stay over to ride La Pelosa for Charlie in the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes over a mile on Sunday. Her task is a bit more tricky as she has a bad draw in 13 in a big field, so she will need plenty of luck. But she has the strongest European form coming into the race courtesy of her Group-placed efforts over 6f and 7f. To be honest with you, I have looked at the home team and I found it hard to get a handle on how good they are.
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