Twice winner of the Lockinge stakes, John Gosden, is represented at the head of the market by strong favourite Palace Pier.
Palace Pier has the opportunity to assert dominance in the milers division here in the first Group One of the season, after six wins in his opening seven runs.
The son of Kingman, in his only ever loss, lost a shoe at Ascot to end his unbeaten streak and connections had the soft ground to blame, although Palace Pier had won well previously in heavy conditions over in France (G1, 8f).
He boasts another Group One success in the form of the St James’ Palace stakes (8f) as a 3yo and marked his return for his 4yo season with a Group Two victory at Sandown in the Bet365 mile (8f).
He’s entitled to come on from that run having gained some race sharpness whilst his previously recorded ratings have him well clear at the top in this field.
Difficult to oppose here and usual jock Frankie Dettori is booked on board who has four past wins in the Lockinge.