All eyes are on Newmarket for the second day of the bet365 Cambridgeshire meeting and the Racing Post's Robbie Wilders shares his three best bets.
Mystic Wells @ 33/1
Pogo @ 5/1
Siskany @ 5/2
It is difficult to find a runner who doesn't have questions to answer in the opening Listed Rosemary Stakes (1.50) and a chance is taken at a massive price on Mystic Wells each-way, with 365 paying a generous four places.
Mystic Wells has not been sighted since finishing a ten-length last of six in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot behind subsequent Irish Oaks winner Magical Lagoon, presumably to be freshened up for an autumn campaign.
Realistically Mystic Wells had no chance that day attempting to set a strong gallop at a stiff track like Ascot over a trip she fails to stay, and she looks worth siding with dropped back to a mile for top young trainer George Boughey.
She is perfectly positioned to execute her customary front-running tactics from stall one and could take some pegging back, while this is a fair drop in class from her past two starts.
There is a strong chance the consistent Pogo will pick up an easy lead in the Group 2 Joel Stakes (3.35) and I expect him to prove tough to catch under Tom Marquand.
A seven-furlong specialist who stays this mile distance, Pogo almost made every yard in this last season when succumbing to Benbatl in second, and this running lacks a Group 1 star of Benbatl's class.
He has already demonstrated he is well up to Group 2 company and plenty of these have not, so he looks a little overpriced.
The fact six-year-old Tempus, who was rated just 101 a few starts ago, heads the betting suggests that and I'm not sure he'll be able to sustain his recent improvements. There are also cracks in many of the other contenders.
Pogo's talented stablemate Mutaasabeq has become disappointing and the worry is this quirky sort might not handle the Newmarket Dip, while Poptapova might not be up to this level and the classy El Drama returns from a lengthy absence and may just need his return.
A six-day turnaround for Siskany in the Listed Godolphin Stakes (4.45) is surprising but he is selected among three Godolphin representatives. They have strong claims of winning their own race.
Presumably, Siskany's connections predict a superior effort to when he finished a disappointing eighth of nine at Newbury in a Group 3 last weekend behind Stay Alert, and it is too soon to give up on this smart four-year-old.
He is fresh for the task and his previous form, particularly his performances in Dubai and Saudi Arabia over the winter, mark him down as the one to beat and he should improve following his first outing since February.
Siskany is rated 114 and receives 5lb from his lower-rated chief market rival Without A Fight, so should prove too strong if bouncing back over a course and distance he has scored at before.
The final piece of the puzzle is Charlie Appleby enlisting cheekpieces. The trainer has a 33 per cent strike-rate this season when applying the aid for the first time.