The first of the week’s properly impossible betting puzzles, this is a 30-runner handicap up the straight mile. You can be sure the field will split into at least two groups for part of the journey but whether there will be a right and a wrong place to be across the track is a question we just can’t be sure about until the race is run.
Speculative Bid is the likely favourite after three wins this year, including in a big race here in May. Ayaar and Frankie Dettori are back together after winning a similar race at Newbury. They have more weight this time and it’s possible that stall one on the far rail will not be ideal. Dettori’s regular employer, John Gosden, has bagged Ryan Moore for GM Hopkins, a disappointing favourite for the Lincoln under a different jockey. He clashes once more with Spark Plug, who beat him a neck at Newbury last time.
Temptress is interesting at the bottom of the weights, though she has no experience of a race as competitive as this. At big odds, Mondialiste is more seasoned and may have excuses for his last two defeats.