Henry Cecil's Star Cluster looks the one to beat in the Independent Newspaper EBF Valiant Stakes over a mile at Ascot today, writes Stable Boy.
A daughter of Observatory, she made her debut over seven furlongs at Newmarket a year ago, and she was able to come out on top, mastering Deveron by a neck with several decent performers behind.
Always held by Red Evie when runner-up on her seasonal reappearance at Leicester back in May, she has performed really well since in a couple of Listed races, short-heading Silver Touch over a mile at Sandown earlier this month on her latest run.
A most progressive type, Star Cluster looks at home over a mile or less and she can follow up in the capable hands of Richard Hughes.
Consular looks one worth noting in the National Bank of Dubai Cup.
Trained by Michael Jarvis, the four-year-old gelding has not really had a lot of racing but has managed to get his head in front twice over today's distance, most recently at Haydock earlier this month when proving too strong for Ouninpohja. Raised 6lb for that victory, Consular would appear to have plenty of improvement in the tank.
The London Clubs International Stakes over a mile can fall to Royal Oath. A son of Kingmambo who cost 180,000 guineas, he ran green on his debut over seven furlongs at Newbury in May but he has not looked back since and there is every chance that he can extend his winning run to three.