The inside track from connections in the John of Gaunt
Betway John of Gaunt Stakes l Gr 3 l 7f l ITV4/RUK
Breton Rock has a fourth successive crack at a Group 3 feature in which he fared best when runner-up to Penitent in 2014.
The seven-year-old will find it harder than ever to win this as he has a 5lb penalty this year as a legacy of his success in the Group 2 Park Stakes at Doncaster last September.
That said, despite his advancing years, David Simcock's stalwart looked as good as ever on his reappearance in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last month, where he stayed on into an excellent third behind Ribchester.
Further back in seventh that day was Mitchum Swagger, who reopposes on 5lb better terms and has shown form on soft ground in the past.
David Lanigan's stable star is ridden for the first time by Ryan Moore. He replaces Tom Queally, who has been claimed to ride for owner Mohammed Obaida at Newmarket.
What they say
David Simcock, trainer of Breton Rock
We were delighted with how he ran on his return at Newbury and any rain they have will be a plus for him. He's not the biggest, so carrying a Group 2 penalty will make things tough, but it doesn't look the strongest renewal of the race, so hopefully he'll be thereabouts.
Charlie Hills, trainer of Jallota
Many in the field have been taking it in turns in beating each other so hopefully we can be in the mix. He should like the ground and has form at the track.
Brian Ellison, trainer of Dream Walker
The handicapper punished him for winning a few times last year and he's probably still too high in the ratings. There are not a lot options for horses like him so we take our chance, and the deeper the ground the better.
David Lanigan, trainer of Mitchum Swagger
Unfortunately we've had to go back to seven furlongs as there are few options for him at present. He came out of the Lockinge in good shape and this looks a more realistic level. I'll leave it up to Ryan, but it could be we drop him out as he was prominent last time.