Boccaccio heads the market here having scraped home in a handicap last time to remain unbeaten, but he has some task on his hands against some group class form here. Ventura Rebel was runner up to A’Ali at Royal Ascot last season before placing in the Super Sprint and he showed that he’d trained on again when third in the Commonwealth Cup behind Golden Horde and Kimari last month. That Group 1 form stands out like a sore thumb here. He’s been a fast finisher in all his races so I see a step up to 7f helping him and the fact he was third at the top table last time displays how much class he has, which should be enough to see him through this Listed contest.
Another horse to find the placings at Royal Ascot was Selino for James Fanshawe. He hasn’t been out of the first three in seven career starts and seems to be improving all the time. Second to the runaway winner in the Copper Horse Handicap last month, he was staying on better than the rest over that 1m6f trip and considering he won by 10 lengths on his only previous start at two miles, this step back up a couple of furlongs will really help Selino. He’s still open to improvement with just seven starts under his belt and he comes into this on the back of a very promising run.