Saturday 11th August
Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Mile (Handicap) (Class 2)
Distance: 7f 213y Going: Good
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Last year's Britannia winner BLESS HIM gets the vote. Via Serendipity is feared most, ahead of Poet's Society.
J: Yutaka Take
T: Richard Hannon
Back to winning ways with a neck victory in a Glorious Goodwood Handicap off a massive weight. A five-pound rise for that is fair and this mark remains feasible, with his ground versatility another big positive. More to come.
Won competitive affair at Glorious Goodwood; beaten three times off this mark
J: Adam Kirby
T: Ian Williams
Hold-up horse who won twice last autumn, placed in the Bunbury Cup last month off two pounds lower. His best form has come over shorter and his latest run in the Golden Mile once again raised stamina doubts.
Multiple 6f/7f winner; still needs to prove this is his trip
J: Hollie Doyle
T: Peter Hiatt
Only mare in the line-up, returning to form with a victory at Newbury three weeks ago. A six-pound rise for that has stuck her onto a very stiff mark, especially in such a competitive contest. She's not the most consistent, either.
Useful mare; scored at Newbury three weeks ago; now on a stiffer mark
J: Andrasch Starke
T: David O'Meara
Doesn't win often these days but running well of late, not having the best of runs when fourth at Glorious Goodwood last time. A three-pound rise is a shade harsh, however, and others in the contest do look better handicapped.
Not far behind Poet's Society at Goodwood; could go well again
J: Joao Moreira
T: David Simcock
Won the course and distance Britannia at Royal Ascot in 2017, with his last two starts signaling a return to form. His latest third at York was fair, but he was still safely held and he needs 'firm' to stay in the description.
Won the Britannia at Royal Ascot last year; steadily finding his form this term
J: Gerald Mosse
T: Michael Bell
Has flattered to deceive this term, beaten three lengths despite finishing second two starts ago. His best form has come on softer ground so any rain is a big positive, but he remains on a stiff mark, especially in a competitive race.
Has plenty of respectable form but he's best on slow ground; needs rain
J: Fran Berry
T: William Haggas
Won his first three starts but hasn't quite matched that form this term, with his best form coming at the 1m 2f distance. He's not run at the mile since May 2017 and he looks vulnerable to something speedier in a finish.
Bit to prove back at 1m, with last six runs over middle distances
J: Pat Cosgrave
T: Mark Johnston
Posted a career best effort when beaten half a length in the Golden Mile, a three-pound rise for that run far from harsh. A repeat of that effort gives him strong claims, but his profile is patchy and he's difficult to trust implicitly.
Went close in the Unibet Golden Mile at Glorious Goodwood last week; respected
J: Hayley Turner
T: Stuart Williams
Mainly consistent this term in similar races, including a close fourth in the Gigaset International here last time. A step up in distance is a big positive as his better form has come over the mile. Only a pound higher, yard in great form.
Close fourth in hot 7f handicap here two weeks ago; return to 1m looks ideal; big player
T: Andrew Balding
In good form this year without winning, two lengths behind Via Serendipity at Sandown in June. He remains on the same mark and this career-high rating is going to demand something extra for him to return to winning ways.
Reserve; running okay for new yard this year, fifth to Via Serendipity at Sandown latest
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T: Keith Dalgleish
T: Julia Feilden
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