Superlative Stakes Guide

1. Juan Elcano

T - Kevin Ryan

J - Andrea Atzeni

Won debut over seven furlongs of heavy ground at Haydock last month, and could prove that he is potentially smart going forward with an improved effort here.

This son of Frankel would have already learned plenty from his first day at school, quickening up smartly to lead inside the final furlong over Subjectivist - who has since come out and won.

Question marks over the ground here, and a bit more needed as mentioned.

2. King's Command

T - Charlie Appleby

J - James Doyle

Favourite; winning a six furlong novice event here on debut, and represents the yard who won that race last year with the impressive Quorto who then won this.

Son of Dubawi and related to many winners, Kerrin McEvoy got a great tune out of the juvenile on that first start three weeks ago, who did not actually get the clearest of runs and hung left.

Ran onto lead at the post, and looks a big player here.

3. Maxi Boy

T - Michael Bell

J - Frankie Dettori

Removed his maiden tag on his first start at Yarmouth in a novice event over six, before running on to finish eighth in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Rose into Class One company well and was not all that disgraced under Jamie Spencer, and will have the experience of running at the top level whereas for others it will be their first time.

Frankie Dettori now aboard.

4. Mystery Power

T - Richard Hannon

J - Oisin Murphy

One of five arriving here looking to defend their unbeaten record, after winning on debut at Haydock in a seven furlong maiden.

Just like the top one [Juan Elcano], he beat a horse of Mark Johnston's called Subjectivist who has since come out and won a race.

Contender here surely.

5. Ropey Guest

T - George Margarson

J - Shane Kelly

No wins in three starts would be the initial worry, but has improved with each run to-date.

Certainly outran his 200/1 odds when sixth of seventeen in the Group Two Coventry Stakes, but would suit a lower grade at some point to inject some confidence.

Would be a surprise to see him come home in front here.

6. Shared Belief

T - Archie Watson

J - Daniel Tudhope

A stable known for top juveniles, Shared Belief could prove to be another exciting recruit if following up his victory at Sandown on debut.

The two-year-old son of Dandy Man overcame big trouble in running to land the seven furlong contest over Riot - who could not better his second-place finish again at the same venue last week.

Good prospect with solid claims having done it the hard way already.

7. Wild Thunder

T - Richard Hannon

J - Sean Levey

Another participant for the Lambourn-based Richard Hannon; Wild Thunder ran on well in the closing stages to land a six-furlong novice event on debut at Goodwood.

Had a sufficient break since then of 51 days - the longest of anyone in this field, but ready to continue his training on the course.

Bright individual with a lot to like, in colours that have been going strongly this term.

8. Year Of The Tiger

T - Aidan O'Brien

J - Ryan Moore

Cries that this horse's progression had halted with a poor seventh at Royal Ascot were laughed away at Naas last weekend when he bolted up at Naas to land his maiden at the third time of asking.

Finished second to Sheila Lavery's Lil Grey at the Curragh on debut, before never nearer the likes of Pinatubo and stablemate Lope Y Fernandez in the Chesham Stakes when coming home seventh.

Plenty to like though about his win on Saturday and surely that sees him in with a great chance for a yard who landed a winner with a juvenile here on Thursday.

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