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Can Time Lock make a successful return for in-form Harry Charlton?

Can Time Lock make a successful return for in-form Harry Charlton?

The race is by far the most valuable of the three and is staged over a longer trip. He is suited by Newmarket, having taken his form to the next level by winning the Cambridgeshire last autumn and chasing home Ottoman Fleet in the Earl of Sefton Stakes at the Craven meeting.

Those races were both over nine furlongs, so it follows that if this race tests speed more than stamina he would firmly enter the reckoning. What is notable about the others is their lack of established Group-race credibility.

Recent runnings have featured big names like Hurricane Lane, Yibir and Defoe, but this year only Time Lock has run in a Group 1, when seventh in the Fillies & Mares on Champions Day. Before that she won the Princess Royal Stakes over this course and distance.

Time Lock’s connections will be hoping Outbox can set the pace in the early stages, helping the free-racing Time Lock to settle. Her turn of foot could be a rival for that of Astro King, and seeing how both cope with a possible modest pace could prove to be important.

It becomes a bit tactical with a small field and his speed might be an advantage. He showed some decent form as a three-year-old and goes into this in good order with that run under his belt.

King Of Conquest is fairly exposed as a five-year-old but he’s solid and always runs his race. I hope we have two live players.

He’s training very nicely and I expect this trip will be the minimum for him. *Archie Watson, trainer of Outbox*

He’s been in good order at home and this has been the plan to start off this year.

He’s run very well in this race before and these smaller field races suit him. *Harry Charlton, trainer of Time Lock*

It will be nice to see her back.

She loves the galloping nature of the track and this is a good place to start her off. It’s competitive but she’s top on ratings.

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