We have taken a look ahead to the final British classic of the season where the star-staying three year olds of their generation will battle it out over 1m6f at the famous South Yorkshire venue.
The powerhouse combination of Charlie Appleby and Godolphin have unleashed some smart types this term and Hurricane Lane looks the best of them so he is the obvious starting point, however despite him looking the most obvious winner we are happy to oppose at 5/4.
The boys in blue also hold the second favourite in Adayar (9/4) although recent quotes suggest he will skip this affair which if accurate makes this race a good opportunity for an antepost bet as his omission would cause the prices around him to collapse.
Last week’s Goodwood winner Ottoman Emperor is likely to prove popular amongst punters but we are siding with Sir Lucan, who made significant late headway from off the pace, shaping like a horse that will relish the extra test next month.
Like all of the Classics Aidan O’Brien has an excellent record in this event and this full-brother to Sir Dragonet is still unexposed compared to a few of these therefore there is a chance they have had the latter stages of the season in mind throughout the campaign.
He has always shaped like an out and out stayer which is backed up by his late surge to get the better of Wordsworth over 1m5f at Navan and he is also a winner on both good and soft ground which is a key asset when betting this far in advance of the race.
At 10/1 he currently rates great each-way value.