Summer Mile Guide

1. Dream Castle

T - Saeed bin Suroor

J - Adam Kirby

Best form comes in Meydan, and has struggled back in Europe on his last two starts, including in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot.

Last but two in the opening race of the royal meeting, he was a better horse in his younger days and seems to struggle in the top affairs nowadays.


2. Beat The Bank

T - Andrew Balding

J - Silvestre De Sousa

Upped his game massively to finish an outstanding second in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot, but question marks as to how strong the form is with many milers just beating each other through the season.

Never figured in the Lockinge, but the horse's well to the fore in the Queen Anne finished towards the back of the field at Newbury.

Won on his return in sparkling fashion at Sandown, and looks to follow up his win in this race last year for a fifth career Group Two.

3. Accidental Agent

T - Eve Johnson Houghton

J - Charles Bishop

Accidental Agent heads back to Ascot in an attempt to put behind him his Queen Anne antics.

Winner of the Group One last year on the opening day of the royal meeting, the five-year-old failed to come out of the stalls when looking to defend his crown this year, until the rest of the field were a good two-three furlongs clear of him.

Eve Johnson Houghton has surely invested much of her time in practicing stalls exit at home with him to make sure a repeat is not on its way.

The horse is an expert at the Berkshire venue on a going day, and conditions seem set for a strong run now dropping a grade.

4. Matterhorn

T - Mark Johnston

J - Joe Fanning

Another Queen Anne flop, Matterhorn has since responded with a return to form at Windsor in one of their Listed features of the season.

Claiming the Midsummer Stakes, it was the four-year-old's first win on turf, with all the other seven coming on the all-weather over the winter.

Sharp improver, and plenty more to come perhaps in a level that might suit.

5. Suedois

T - David O'Meara

J - Jason Watson

Four good efforts this term has seen this solid eight-year-old return to the peak of his form, but his losing runs continues to stretch back to September 2017.

He finished third to Limato in the Criterion Stakes over seven furlongs and goes back to a mile since his fourth to Beat The Bank at Sandown.

Much more required, but each-way claims for sure.

6. Tip Two Win

T - Roger Teal

J - David Probert

Will always be remembered for his sensational run in the 2018 Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket behind Saxon Warrior, but has failed to get anywhere near since.

Returned this season at Ascot in the Diamond Jubilee when finishing eleventh back over six furlongs which was a strange manoeuvre by Roger Teal.

Hard to fancy.

7. Wadilsafa

T - Owen Burrows

J - Jim Crowley

Lightly raced four-year-old son of Frankel, who has made two appearances this season - most recently finishing a good second to Happy Power in the Listed Ganton Stakes at York.

Bounced back from a poor effort when last in the Paradise Stakes on May 1 at this track, when well behind subsequent winner Zaaki.

Ground to find there, but open to further improvement now back fit and firing.

8. Zaaki

T - Sir Michael Stoute

J - Kerrin McEvoy

Forms a decent part of his trainer's excellent season, winning twice this year at Ascot and at Epsom latest.

He won the Paradise Stakes on return in May over Barney Roy - who then franked the form with his win in France.

The four-year-old continued his fine improvement with a win in the Group Three Diomed Stakes when handling Epsom's tough contours the best on Derby day, and looks a strong contender.

Stall one, and hard for passing under a top international jock.

9. Awesometank

T - William Haggas

J - Tom Marquand

William Haggas has been in fine form of late - operating at a one in three strike rate in the past two weeks, and Awesometank should not be ignored here.

The four-year-old filly opened her account for the season with a game victory at Goodwood, and just couldn't manage to hold off the challenge of Anna Nerium at Epsom.

Won the Coral Distaff last year at Sandown, and a very likeable character who gives her all.