Hughie Morrison’s Le Don De Vie skipped an engagement at York’s Ebor meeting to line up here instead, in the coveted August Stakes – a Listed event over 1m 4f. Snippets of information like this are always important to a punter, especially when a runner misses one valuable race and turns up in another.
Having watched this four-year-old closely this season, he has been crying out for this step up and Saturday’s ground conditions should fall into his lap too. He looks a solid each-way bet selection.
Alounak for Andrew Balding is highly likely to be on the premises, while it would be foolish to leave out Desert Encounter who is knocking on the door almost every race.
This Group 3 contest takes place over one mile and six furlongs and can go the way of the talented stayer Cabaletta for the Roger Varian stable.
Cabeletta took the Aphrodite Fillies’ Stakes at Newbury earlier in the season and she has been holding her form well all year. She is currently racing off an official mark of 106 and there is no obvious reason why she won’t make the podium in another top contest like this.
Glasgow Stakes winner Subjectivist probably ranks as the biggest danger to the grey filly and he is certainly forecast material.
There has been plenty of rain around this week which will be music to the ears of Sir Busker backers. William Knight entered Sir Busker on the premise that there would hopefully be some juice in the ground and that is exactly what has come to fruition.
Sir Busker almost caught Montatham in the Clipper Logistics Handicap at York last week and can be relied upon to run another big race here.
Benbatl is the star of the field, but has not been seen since running third to Maximum Security in the Saudi Cup, and he’s unlikely to get his ground here.
At a price, Urban Icon is worth a second look. He kept on well to the line in the Golden Mile and could spring a surprise.
The Keith Dalgleish stable have hit a purple patch in recent days and hopefully they can carry that good fortune over to their NH runners, this time in the shape of Amalfi Doug.
The ten-year-old is a course and distance winner and he has already had two spins around this racecourse this season.
It all feels like the Dalgleish squad have been building Amalfi Doug up for this big race, which features on terrestrial TV, and he can give another good account of himself at an each-way price.
At the bottom of the handicap, The Boola Bee cannot be ignored either.
* Betting odds correct at the time of writing