John & Thady Gosden play one of their power cards on Saturday, as PALACE PIER (4/6) returns to Group 1 action in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.
The four-year-old made his seasonal reappearance at Sandown three weeks ago as he thundered home with ease in the bet365 Mile, claiming victory by eight lengths.
The son of Kingman was mightly impressive as a three-year-old, as he overcame Pinatubo in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot before following that up with success in the Prix Jacques le Marois in difficult conditions.
He was beaten for the first time on Champions Day in October as he was held by The Revenant and Roseman, but that run can be excused after it was found he lost his left fore shot.
Palace Pier is the one to beat here and if he is at his best here, it will take something incredibly special to beat him.
LOPE Y FERNANDEZ (13/2) returned in style at Leopardstown last month as he showed he was a class above his rivals in the Listed Heritage Stakes.
The four-year-old bolted clear of the pack in the final furlong, quickening away to record a five and a half-length victory.
Aidan O’Brien’s speedy colt can be a handful on his day, but he will need to prove himself here in tougher company.
MY OBERON (10/1) is stepped up in class after his smart performance in the Group 3 Earl Of Sefton Stakes at Newmarket in April.
William Haggas’ colt was given a patient ride by James Doyle, with the jockey pushing for a challenge with two furlongs remaining.
The son of Dubawi pushed into the lead in the final furling and kept on well to win comfortably.
He is opened to further improvement here and could outrun his double-figure odds at Newbury.
TOP RANK (10/1) won a competitive Doncaster Mile Stakes on his return from the winter break for James Tate meanwhile, John Quinn’s SAFE VOYAGE (16/1) will be aiming to return to winning ways after finishing last of 14 runners in the Breeders’ Cup Mile in November.
CENTURY DREAM (22/1) makes his seasonal reappearance with a tough first assignment for Simon & Ed Crisford, while William Jarvis’ LADY BOWTHORPE (28/1) hopes to follow up her Dahlia Stakes success with a maiden Group 1 victory.
LORD GLITTERS (33/1) returns to British shores after spending the winter months in the Middle East and with two Group 1 successes claimed on his travels, David O’Meara’s recruit could be cracking each-way value in this contest.
Roger Varian’s LORD CAMPARI (40/1), Charles Hills’ POGO (40/1), Andrew Balding’s HAPPY POWER (50/1) and David Simcock’s BLESS HIM (80/1) complete the field of twelve runners at Newbury.