The feature race for this Saturday’s 29th meeting sees eight runners in the starting stalls, with some having been entered to run in this 1400-metre race instead of the MUA Colonel Draper Cup last Saturday. There is also a strong possibility that some runners in this race could even be taking part in the final classic of the season – The Swan Duke Of York Cup.

The Gilbert Rousset-trained duo of KARRAAR (Robbie Fradd) and YANKEE CAPTAIN (Nishal Teeha) are the ones that set the standard here. The former was a beaten favourite last time out and has eyes on setting the record straight, whilst his stable mate was not disgraced in the Princess Margaret Cup where he finished 5th, 3.4 lengths behind the excellent Baritone. Both horses are in excellent shape and are rated as very good chances.

SPLIT THE BREEZE returns after his stunning win in the 24th meeting with Vikram Sola on board. Positioned at the back, he produced a powerful burst of acceleration in the final few metres, nabbing the aforementioned Karraar late on. Still in good nick, he is capable of confirming with Tristan Godden riding him for the very first time.

Jean-Michel Henry has put his hopes on ERNIE (Cedric Segeon). This six-year old produced a genuine account of himself over the mile in the 24th meeting, completing the podium. He appears to be rejuvenated and is not prevented from having a major say in this.

HORSE GUARDS (Akshay Balloo) makes his long awaited debut for Preetam Daby’s yard. A son of Horse Chestnut, he won three times in South Africa and competed against the likes of Attenborough and Sergeant Hardy. Having showed up very well in his trials, he is finally ready for action and it is worth keeping a close eye on him.

Still coming to terms following their split with Daniel Stackhouse, Gujadhur stable will be looking for a ‘’pick me up’’ moment in this elite race. Representing them is the double classic winner TANDRAGEE (Sunil Bussunt) and THE THINKER (Vikram Sola). The former nearly struck in his seasonal debut, but he has not come close since, while his stable mate has not shown his true ability, despite a good-looking debut in the Derby Trial. On current forms, it looks hard for them to make their presence felt.

CHARLES LYTTON (Reehaze Hoolash), the second runner of Jean-Michel Henry’s yard, completes the line up. He has benefited from a break and looked quite sharp in his recent workouts. Nevertheless, a tough task awaits him here.