This weekend's big feature race is undoubtedly the 15:45 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, and it's a fairly wide open event up to a point.
We say up to a point, because the current favourite is Night Of Thunder. Well known to punters last season with a run of excellent form including a win in one of the most competitive 2,000 Guineas for some years, Night Of Thunder is undoubtedly a horse who performs at heights to match his reputation. He's easy regarding the ground, so that's not a huge concern, and if he runs tomorrow in the same form he was in when he took his Guineas win then seventeen other jockeys are going to wonder why they even bothered saddling up.
That is a big if, however. Previous form suggests that he does not go quite so well fresh, and this is his first race of the season. The word coming out of the stable is mixed, too, with nobody suggesting that he's going to demolish the field.
That said he's definitely one of the biggest threats, and if you want to back him the best place we've found to do so is at Coral, who are offering a decent 11/4.
If you don't fancy Night Of Thunder, what are your best options? Sir Michael Stoute has a cracking track record in the Lockinge and we fancy his horse, Integral, to show well.
He's had two previous mare winners here of his seven wins in total, and she's another horse who is flexible with regards to the going so long as it isn't as difficult as it was in her run on Champions Day last year. Her Group 1 form in general shows she's worthy of a look, and we think she'll certainly feature near the front tomorrow afternoon.
The best place to back her is currently PaddyPower, who are offering a market leading 6/1.
Finally, we've had a look at the longer odds horses to see who might be worth a shot each way.
Hors De Combat catches the eye as a runner who might out perform on the day, but ultimately we're plumping for Aidan O'Brien's Cougar Mountain. He showed well last season despite his inexperience, and with the ground better suited to him he would only need a small improvement to be among the frontrunners and competing for the win.
The best place we've found to back him is Ladbrokes. They have him at 25/1 for the win, which works out to a little over 6/1 each way for a top four finish.