BENBATL (3.35) can make it back-to-back wins in the Group 2 Shadwell Joel Stakes at Newmarket.
Saeed bin Suroor saddled him to score by five lengths from King Of Comedy 12 months ago, with his stable star returning from a 335-day absence. Benbatl has been given another long rest since running third on dirt in the Saudi Cup in February. Frankie Dettori takes the mount.
Kameko returns to the scene of his 2000 Guineas victory over Wichita and has run some sound races in defeat, including his fourth to Mohaather in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. Top Rank is an imposing grey and takes another significant step up the ladder.
ALPINISTA (2.25) chased home Love in the Yorkshire Oaks and missed an intended engagement at Doncaster earlier this month. She looked a bit special when thumping Award Scheme at Salisbury and is preferred to Antonia De Vega, winner of a Listed contest at Pontefract. She won on soft at Newbury so any rain would be a bonus.
Aidan O’Brien’s MONDAY (3.00) was a 12-1 when scoring at Leopardstown 13 days ago and may be improving at a rate of knots. She can bag the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes at the main expense of Isabella Guest, winner of three of her four starts for Clive Cox and Adam Kirby.
In the apprentices' handicap at Haydock, VULCAN (2.15) can supplement his recent course victory, despite stepping up more than two furlongs in distance. He hit the front over a furlong out travelling strongly, only to idle on the run to the line. Saffie Osborne will no doubt be instructed to hold on to Vulcan for as long as possible.
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