The Group Two Sandown Mile has been dominated by Richard Hannon’s runners in recent years, with William Buick guiding Toormore to glory 12 months ago, but he will only saddle Kool Kompany in the 2017 renewal.
However the five-year-old is the current market leader and, after claiming the Doncaster Mile Stakes on April 1 with a late surge, has obvious claims at the Esher venue.
Hannon clearly knows what it takes to win this race and it would be no surprise to see the son of Jeremy there or there abouts.
Dawn of Hope is also prominent in the market but the four-year-old will be looking for his first success in 12 months.
That came in a fillies’ conditions race at Ascot and the daughter of Mastercraftsman failed to shine in two subsequent outings in 2016.
She emerged this year at Doncaster in the race won by Kool Kompany and was not a million miles away in third under Andrea Atzeni.
Sovereign Debt may seem a little long in the tooth to win this one but Ruth Carr’s gelding has already scored twice this season at Leopardstown and Lingfield.
The eight-year-old touched off Nimr to secure the All-Weather Mile Championships in Surrey last time out and is generally available at around 7/1 to win Friday’s showpiece.
A similar showing will be required to take this one, however, but the Dark Angel gelding is not without hope.
Charles Hills is set to send Jallota out and will hope to find the form that saw the six-year-old win the Du Pin Group 3 in Chantilly back in September last year.
The son of Rock Of Gibraltar then finished third in the Group Two Dubai 100 Challenge Stakes at Newmarket but was far from disgraced as Frankie Dettori took the honours on board Aclaim.
It looks a tough race to call and a glance at the My Racing ITV racing tips might help to pick a winner.
Breton Rock took Doncaster’s Group Two Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes last September but was never a factor the following month in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.
The gelding may have been out of his depth on that occasion but should find this race more to his liking and is generally priced at around 8/1.
It looks a wide-open contest but, with history on his side, all eyes will be on Hannon’s charge when they go to post.