Waldkonig for trainers John & Thady Gosden looks to be a highly talented half brother to Arc winner Waldgeist, who was planning to have a big three year old career, but it looks as though this term will realistically be his best.
The son of Kingman has only been seen four times in his career, bolting up on debut at Wolverhampton by nine lengths on his sole run as a juvenile.
He was saved for his three year old campaign and although running to a good standard, ultimately was disappointing for the hype that was built around him.
The colt went to Newmarket and finished third behind Saudi Cup and Duabi Sheema Classic winning stablemate Mishriff on his seasonal debut and then backed that up at Haydock when a narrow second behind the smart Highest Ground for Sir Michael Stoute, with both of them pulling clear of the third.
Back for another campaign this term, he got back to winning ways at Pontefract in a handicap event, winning comfortably in the end.
Having had a prep run for this event could make all the difference and he should take all the beating, although needing to reverse the form with Highest Ground.