The first horse in our Ante-Post double ahead of this weekend is the John Gosden trained Group One winner Lord North who looks the pick of the field in the Group Three Winter Derby Stakes at Lingfield.
One of the most progressive horses on the the flat between 2019/2020 the gelding went from winning handicaps to landing Group One events.
Landing the Cambridgeshire in September 2019 and then finishing a tight second in the Balmoral Handicap after that, in 2020 he became a Group One winning horse.
Winning the Group Three Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Haydock on his first run in 2020, he then went into the Group One Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot and took the race with ease.
Looking to round off the season in style he was below par in the Juddmonte International and British Champion Stakes, with the soft ground going against him in the latter.
He was seen one final time in 2020 when fourth of 10 in a strong renewal of the Breeders Cup Turf, which was much more like him.
Given a break he was last seen in March 2021 at Meydan over nine furlongs when landing the Group One Dubai Turf.
Going well fresh is something he is known for winning on all four of his seasonal debuts after a break.
Another thing to not with this race it sees him drop markedly back in grade and Gosden has landed all three of the last renewals of this race with three different horses.
Loads going for him.