Century Dream: Mud lover who brings strong straight-course form to the table. As good as ever this campaign, holds an each-way chance for a shrewd stable.
Circus Maximus: Tough, consistent, high-class miler who took a muddling renewal of this year’s Queen Anne. Can give yet another good account of himself without necessarily winning.
Dark Vision: Taken his form to a new level this year, with wins including this year’s Royal Hunt Cup and a Group 2 in Germany last time out. Will be finishing late; could surprise.
Escobar: Last year’s Balmoral Handicap winner but has failed to find his groove this year. Hold-up performer who has not been helped by his draw in stall 1.
Lancaster House: Low-mileage 4 year old who bombed out in the Boomerang Mile having run the fastest first 5 furlongs from any mile race at Leopardstown over the last 5 years. Entitled to bounce back.
Lord Glitters: Loves Ascot’s straight course, but equally has underperformed in the last two runnings of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Nevertheless, greatly respected in these conditions; place chance.
Roseman: Sighted just twice this year, on both occasions not running to the level that will be required to figure here. Hard to fancy, but also hard to weigh up.
Sir Busker: Traffic in the Golden Mile and an impossible draw in the Cambridgeshire the sole blips in an otherwise impressive campaign. However, likely to be outclassed in this field and best watched.
The Revenant: Never been out of the first three in 12 career starts, excellent 2nd in this race last year. Looks to have been taking aim at this race all season, must feature.
Molatham: Winner of this year’s Jersey Stakes at the Royal Meeting, been kept to 7f for two further starts this campaign. A mile in these conditions could stretch him; best watched.
Nazeef: Been something of an unsung heroine through this campaign. Winner of all 6 of her starts at a mile and, in receipt of weight, looks most dangerous to underestimate once again.
Palace Pier: Superstar miler who has been increasingly impressive with each career start. Has the world at his feet and is set to take all the beating here.
Royal Dornoch: Has been a touch hit-and-miss so far in his career. Nevertheless, his very best still leaves him a clear way short of the level required to feature here.
Veracious: Consistent filly who finished 4th in this race last year. Light and modest campaign so far this year; very much has work to do if she is to take a hand in the finish.
The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes has tended to favour the Classic generation in recent times, with the 3 year old’s winning 7 of the last 10 renewals. All things considered, the door is wide open for unbeaten colt PALACE PIER to stamp himself as one of the best in the world following a deeply impressive performance in the Prix Jacques le Marois. Dual Group 1 winner Nazeef can chase her stablemate home, with The Revenant completing the shortlist.