The feature race of the entire meeting is the Group One Gold Cup and Coltrane for Andrew Balding looks to be the most progressive horse in the field.
He took his form to a new level last term when finishing a good second in the Chester Vase in May and off the back of that came into the Ascot Stakes at this meeting last year over course and distance and went on to take the event from the well handicapped Bring On The Night off a mark of 98.
He built on that to make it back to back wins in the Listed Coral Marathon at Sandown and then ran another cracker to finish just over four lengths back in fourth in the Group One Goodwood Cup behind Kyprios, Stradivarius and Trueshan.
Seen three more times before the end of the season he was second at York behind the runaway winner Quickthorn in the Group Two Lonsdale Cup and then got back to winning ways in the Group Two Doncaster Stakes, seeing off the smart stayer Trueshan.
Finishing the season off at Ascot in the Group Two Long Distance Cup he was just pipped by the three time winner of the race Trueshan.
Back this season starting at Ascot over two miles in the Group Three Sagaro Stakes he looked better than ever when pulling away from a good field to bolt up.
Now rated 19lb higher than his win over C&D at last years festival, he has done nothing but progress and having unreal form at this track he should take all the beating.