Dubai Station, whose form tailed off dramatically after he finished third in last year's Norfolk Stakes due to niggling injuries, can prove his win first time out this season was no fluke by landing today's Commonwealth Cup.
"He's totally underestimated and has a fantastic turn of foot," said trainer Karl Burke yesterday. "He wants cover and riding for speed so his draw might make it a bit awkward. He's definitely over-priced."
Neither the Mill Reef winner Pierre Lapin nor the Middle Park runner-up Golden Horde have had a run this season and might not be so effective on the ground, while many of the rest are back in action quickly after trying to stretch their stamina to a mile in either the 2,000 Guineas or Irish Guineas.
The ground should play into the hands of Morando in the Hardwicke Stakes. Last season he won the Ormonde on soft first time out.
Armytage's day four tips: 1.50 Valpolicella, 2.25 The Lir Jet, 3.0 Morando (nap), 3.35 Dubai Station, 4.10 Punctuation, 4.40 West End Charmer.