The Cheltenham Festival hero, Royal Ascot regular and returning champ
Pastoral Player6.35 Goodwood
One-time Group 3 winner - and many times Group placed - Pastoral Player has taken his owners to every dance and, while he is used to heading to Royal Ascot at this time of year, it is at Goodwood where he has proved most effective in recent years.
His last two wins have come at the track, off 84 and 85, and he returns to the venue today off a mark of 87. He was rated 85 two starts ago but two solid seconds, at Lingfield and then when beaten a head over today's course and distance, have prompted the handicapper to give him a bump - but also reflects the fact he is in good form and capable of going close.
Solar Impulse8.25 Aintree
Former Cheltenham Festival winner Solar Impulse brings a sprinkle of stardust to Aintree this evening.The 2016 Grand Annual hero has not won since, but consequently he is 15lb lower than he was that day in a far less competitive race.
He is no longer with Paul Nicholls - he moved to Christopher Kellett last season - and could only manage 16th (beaten 32 lengths off a 3lb lower mark) in this year's Grand Annual, but at just seven years old he has plenty of his career still ahead of him and the latent talent to destroy today's rivals.
Urban Space9.05 Chepstow
John Flint's Urban Space, an 11-year-old, has made78 career starts. He has won 12 of those, including in this race last year off a mark of 57. He followed that with wins at Ffos Las off 60 and back here off 66.
Six defeats since the last of those wins have seen him drop to a mark of 60, while William Cox takes off another 7lb and he is actually 1lb lower than he was last year once both jockeys' allowances are taken into account.