The richest handicap of the week, the Betfred Mile is the highlight of the Friday and is always a fiercely competitive affair.
Market leader Velox was an easy scorer at Sandown last time out for Newmarket handler Luca Cumani and has been allocated a nice weight for this assignment.
Next best in the betting Farraaj, will have to shoulder top weight after successive wins at Epsom and York and he could be joined by stalemate Horsted Keynes. Highly fancied for the International at Ascot he should appreciate the step up in trip. The victor that day Heavy Metal has seen his price slash and will have a good chance if able to hold his form. With a maximum field of 20 going to post, who do you fancy?
One of the highlights of the week, the highly competitive Stewards Cup run over six furlongs is one of the festivals most famous races and has once again attracted a stellar field.
Warm favourite Muthmir bolted up at York last week, and is facing a 6lb penalty for that facile display, yet could still be well ahead of the handicapper.
Long term favourite, until last week, Intrinsic is still coming in for support following positive reports from his Sprint specialist trainer Robert Cowell. Unable to get a run in the Wokingham at the Royal meeting, Intrinsic looks set to squeeze in at the bottom of the handicap.
Past winners Hoof It and Rex Imperator are also set to run alongside multiple Course and Distance victors adding further intrigue to this year’s running.