DAVID O'Meara is developing a reputation for improving big-stable cast-offs and looks to have another likely type in Edmaaj.
Trained by Barry Hills as a two-year-old, Edmaaj failed to score in three outings but did finish second twice. He failed to run at all last year before changing hands for just 5,000 guineas at Newmarket last October.
The Intikhab gelding then resurfaced at Pontefract last week, when he was a winner in all but name after a troubled passage over a mile. Racing off an unchanged mark of 71 in the Betfred Supports The NRC Handicap back at Pontefract, he could take a deal of beating.
Swingland was thought good enough to merit a Group One entry last year, and she is still among the Investec Oaks contenders at this stage.
The ladbrokes.com Fillies' Handicap is obviously some way below that level, but Swingland is an eye-catching participant after winning at the second attempt last year and should thrive over the longer trip.
Kashgar holds a Derby entry so victory in the totepool Supports The NRC/British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes should be a formality if he is up to that level.
Polski Max let down favourite backers when he was only third on his initial start but can redeem himself in the williamhill.com/British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.
It was nice to see a quick move to transfer Ascot's waterlogged fixture to Kempton, and Thimaar can take full advantage in the Levy Board Sagaro Stakes. The John Gosden-trained four-year-old, a strapping individual, has really come into his own of late.