1. Western Empire
He has four wins and four places from nine starts and has won his last three races in a row. He won the Listed Lex Piper Stakes by 5.4 lengths on 27 February, the Listed J.C. Roberts Stakes by 2.98 lengths on 13 March and the Listed Melvista Stakes by 0.1 lengths on 27 March. Only bad luck can beat him.
2. Outback Jack
This Outreach gelding has three wins and four places from eight starts. He ran 2nd in an 1800m Class 3 at Ascot before fighting hard for 0.71 length 2nd in the Melvista Stakes.
3. Kerman Rock
The only runner in the field who has not raced at Group or Listed level. He has been to Ascot five times before without finishing in the first three. Looks tested.
4. Flash Ducati
Ran 2nd in the Lex Piper, 5th in the JC Roberts and 4th in the Melvista. Will struggle here.
5. Fear The Wind
He has had six starts and the best he has done is to run 5th. Shouldn’t trouble these.
6. Lunar Impact
Last start she went from being a maiden to winning a Group 3 race when she won the WA Oaks. She is bred to stay and maybe she had to wait for a win until she got out to this distance. Can feature in the finish again.
7. Brave Angel
She won the Listed Ascot 1000 Guineas in February before 4th in the Listed Natasha Stakes and 1.34 lengths 4th in the WA Oaks. Could get into the placings.
This All Too Hard filly has three wins and three places from seven starts. She won a 1500m race then an 1800m race before peaking late for 0.26, 0.44 lengths 3rd in the WA Oaks. Will be fitter now and is one of the chances.
9. Reliable Star
Faded for 8.27 lengths 8th in the WA Oaks. Is aiming too high.
She has two wins – one over 1400m and one over 1600m. Finished 5th in the WA Oaks and could struggle here.