AMERICA'S premier Flat racing contest returns to our screens this weekend.
And there is a plethora of top European talent making the journey over to plunder the top prizes.
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Here, SunSport tipster Steve Mullen goes through the big races on Friday night, which will be shown live on ITV4.
All times are GMT, so the first race covered is due off at 9.50pm.
AVERLY JANE has yet to taste defeat in four starts and she’s been more impressive each time.
Her four victories have come by a total of 22 lengths and she took well to the turf when scoring at Keeneland last month.
She’s the one to beat for last year’s winner Wesley Ward. He also runs Twilight Gleaming who was well ridden by Frankie to win at Deauville last time out in August.
He was second in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot so is no slouch. One Timer is also unbeaten and will blast off from the front hiked in class.
Richard Hannon has a chance with Armor who was a close-up third in the Group 1 Middle Park at Newmarket. The drop in trip may not be ideal.
Twilight Jet should have the best draw and scored well at Newmarket so could hit the frame at long odds.
IT’S hard to get away from ECHO ZULU who destroyed a Grade 1 field by seven lengths at Belmont last time.
That came over this trip and she led from pillar to post to clock a really sharp time.
Juju’s Map was impressive in winning a hot contest at Keeneland last month. Her work before this race was good and she’s proven at the trip.
Hidden Connection had nearly ten lengths in hand when taking the Grade 3 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs. She’s another who has looked good in her trackwork since arriving at Del Mar but has a bit to find on form.
Tarabi was behind the tip last time and this is a tall order.
CAIRO MEMORIES looks overpriced given she flies at the stalls and has an ideal inside draw for those tactics.
She had plenty in hand when scoring over course and distance last month and can hold on for a place at least.
Koala Princess has won both her starts well and has every chance if seeing out this longer trip.
Mise En Scene was a solid fourth in the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket after winning at Goodwood. She can give Oisin Murphy a good spin.
Pizza Bianca was second in a red-hot race at Woodbine and has staying power. She can finish strongly, while Bubble Rock will be a threat if coping with the step up from 6f.
CORNICHE can overcome his wide draw to strike for Bob Baffert.
He broke the clock when running off with a Grade 1 at Santa Anita last month. He kicked right away from a quality field and can use his power again.
Jack Christopher is usually quick out of the stalls and can run up the rail. He has won his two starts with ease including at the highest level at Belmont. Rattling fast ground suits and he’s a big threat.
Pinehurst had plenty in hand when scoring over seven furlongs here in September. He wasn’t stopping so has every chance of lasting home.
Commandperformance was no match for Jack Christopher when they met 34 days ago. He didn’t get the clearest of runs so could get closer here.
Baffert has another chance with Barossa who clocked a decent time in winning a minor contest at Santa Anita latest.
DAKOTA GOLD — not to be confused with the British sprinter trained by Michael Dods — can extend his 100 per cent record.
He took a hot maiden at Saratoga before stepping up to take a $500,000 contest at Monmouth. He improved for the switch to turf and can take another step forward from what should be a handy draw.
Dubawi Legend leads a strong British challenge. He was a good second in the Dewhurst at Newmarket and should improve for stepping up to a mile.
Charlie Appleby fires two sharp darts in Modern Games and Albahr.
The former powered home to take a Newmarket Group 3 and is crying out for this mile.
Stablemate Albahr has already scored in this grade in Canada last time. Frankie was on board there and keeps the ride with strong place claims.
Tiz The Bomb is a proven stayer who made it three wins in a row at Keeneland last month. He has something to find on the clock but has been working well.
Portfolio Company was touched off in a head-bobber last time and this slightly shorter trip should help.
You can’t write off Aidan O’Brien hope Glounthane after his good win at Leopardstown. He has more to offer at this trip.
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