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1. Accidental Agent

T - Eve Johnson Houghton

J - Charles Bishop

Accidental Agent heads the field on his seasonal return, looking to better his sixth place finish in this contest twelve months ago.

It did not really matter too much, as he went onto land the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot at outside odds of 33/1.

Well below-par on next two starts at Deauville and at Newmarket when something clearly amiss, and with inconsistency on retained ground, it is hard to know when he is going to produce his best on a going day.

2. Beat The Bank

T - Andrew Balding

J - Silvestre De Sousa

Well beaten in this contest on last year's return run - somewhat unique to this season's when getting the better of Sharja Bridge in the Group Two bet365 Mile at Sandown.

Top miler over the last three years, winning five of his seven starts as a three-year-old, including two at group level.

Won the Celebration Mile at Goodwood in August, before a failed bid in Hong Kong.

Ready to fire again from stall one, with this partnership absolutely flying at the moment.

3. Le Brivido

T - Aidan O'Brien

J - Ryan Moore

Previously with Andre Fabre, Aidan O'Brien secured the services of former French Guineas second Le Brivido before his Irish debut at Naas in April.

Third to Dermot Weld's Imaging over seven, this five-year-old has been very well punted and fancied for this contest, over the mile he is so craving to return to.

Won the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot a couple of years ago, and should bounce back to his best with a solid effort.

4. Lord Glitters

T - David O'Meara

J - Daniel Tudhope

Everyone's favourite grey is back on home soil, after running an absolute blinder in the Dubai Turf behind Japanese sensation Almond Eye on his seasonal return from the winter break.

Back since finishing sixth in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day at Ascot, the six-year-old showed all the signs in Meydan that another seasons stand ahead of him, and will be targeted at a return to the Queen Anne at Ascot.

This is first on the agenda, and should run a nice race as he usually does. Solid miler, he took a deserved Group Three at York last term, and should be on the premises late in the day to run into a place - if not better.

5. Mustashry

T - Sir Michael Stoute

J - Jim Crowley

Made promising return at Newmarket in the Earl Of Sefton over slightly further, when beaten by Zabeel Prince and Forest Ranger - the latter who has come out since and won again at Chester.

Won three lesser Group races in his career - including two last term at Newmarket (beating the Roger Varian six-year-old) and at Doncaster over eight and seven furlongs respectively.

Should certainly come on from most recent attempt, worthy contender.

6. Mythical Magic

T - Charlie Appleby

J - James Doyle

First colours of Godolphin, Mythical Magic looks a sizeable sort, progressing to win the Group Two Zabeel Mile in Dubai back in February.

Improved from his first start of the year at the same venue when beaten by stablemate D'bai, and returns to the turf in Britain.

Lightly-raced in the UK, last seen finishing third in a Group Three at Newbury as a juvenile eighteen months ago, having only raced twice in 2018 as a three-year-old internationally.

More needed here, big jump up.

7. Ostilio

T - Simon Crisford

J - Oisin Murphy

Ostilio's outstanding run of first or seconds finally came to end on reappearance at Saint Cloud in France, when thrown back in the deep-end in a Group Two.

Runner-up or a winner of all his previous nine outings on the track throws up some remarkable form - winning a decent Group Two at Longchamp on Arc weekend possibly the pick.

Victorious in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot also reigns supreme, but does have something to work on now.

8. Romanised

T - K J Condon

J - W J Lee

Shock 25/1 winner of the 1,000 Guineas last term at the Curragh, but did not feature much in his next four starts.

Well beaten by Without Parole in the St James's Palace at Royal Ascot, the Prix du Haras behind Alpha Centauri, and by Roaring Lion in the Queen Elizabeth II back in Berkshire in future Group Ones.

Dropped in grade for return which was much more encouraging at Naas despite short of room (Le Brivido third), and will connections will be aiming for further improvement here.

9. Sharja Bridge

T - Roger Varian

J - Andrea Atzeni

Another worthy candidate emerging from the handicap route, after striking in the Balmoral Handicap at Ascot on Champions Day.

Returned to take Listed honours at Doncaster at the Lincoln meeting, before just being pipped by Beat The Bank at Sandown in the bet365 Mile.

Will suit the return to the straight mile as the Esher's tight turns may have got the better of him.

Solid place claims in the first colours of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid.

10. Sir Dancealot

T - David Elsworth

J - Gerald Mosse

Sir Dancealot makes first start over a mile for quite some time so does have stamina to prove, but three wins at Group level over seven under this jockey could give him a squeak.

Victorious at Newbury, Newmarket and Goodwood - where he took the Group Two Lennox in a large competitive field at the Glorious meeting. That run did indicate a mile could be what he wants, but needs to prove it first to his reluctant trainer.

One of the bigger prices as he could be outclassed by many.

11. Without Parole

T - John Gosden

J - Frankie Dettori

Season went a bit pear-shaped after quality victory in the St James's Palace at Royal Ascot, and shame to not see him progress.

Son on Frankel could not follow in his father's hoof-prints when he lost his unbeaten record in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Sixth in the Juddmonte, sixth in a Group One in France was followed by a fifth in Meydan - but was much better, when not beaten miles by Almond Eye in the Dubai Turf (Lord Glitters third).

Must up his game here through the recently acquired blinkers.

12. Billesdon Brook

T - Richard Hannon

J - Sean Levey

First of the fillies, Billesdon Brook was a shock winner of the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket last term, proving she gets the mile-trip, but is another who has been well-off it since that glory-making day.

Fourth to Alpha Centauri in the Coronation Stakes was not the worst performance in the world, but could not return to her old stomping ground with a win at Goodwood in the Nassau Stakes - won there as a juvenile when she absolutely flew home in a nursery; (worth a watch if you have not already).

Third of five on return in a Group Two on the Rowley Mile, best performance required here.

13. I Can Fly

T - Aidan O'Brien

J - Wayne Lordan

Hit and miss, I Can Fly demonstrated she can do that when finishing an excellent second to Roaring Lion in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day at Ascot in October.

Could not follow that effort up with any sort of repeat in the Breeders Cup Mile at Churchill Downs in November, when well punted (Mustashry 11th)

Won on return this season at Dundalk, but again did not capitalise on that winning feeling when well adrift of Almond Eye in the Dubai Turf.

Jockey has excellent record in Group One's in England despite riding most of stable's third or fourth chances.

14. Laurens

T - Karl Burke

J - P J McDonald

Worthy participant looking to continue her outstanding record at this level.

Karl Burke's filly ended last season on a low eighth in the mile event on Champions Day behind John Gosden's Roaring Lion, but did not seemingly go a yard on the ground, with potential end-of-season-tiring-legs also a factor.

Prior to that however, she won four times in 2018 - decisively in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown, upsetting 30/100f Alpha Centauri on what was her final start before a sad early retirement.

A five-times Group One winner loves the mile trip, and will look to assert herself as one of the best around on what looks to be the Queen Anne for her.

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