Although out of his depth in a Group One last time, he's been keeping good company and was fourth of ten in a Group Three at Ascot last month.
Shortly afterwards, Melesina looks overpriced around 20/1 in the Listed Betfred TV EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Gillies Fillies' Stakes (2.40).
Priced in the region of 11/2, Royal Line is tipped to give Gosden a record-breaking sixth win in the race this afternoon in the once-famous maroon and white Sheikh Mohammed family silks, which have recently been assigned to Sheikh Mohammed's daughter Sheikha Al Jalila.
Those colours have largely been replaced by the Godolphin blue and hadn't been seen in Britain in around ten years, but Royal Line brought them back with a bang with an easy debut success in a maiden at Windsor in September at 4/6, following plenty of market support.
Permian, meanwhile, has raised his game to win a Listed prize at Newmarket and the Dante Stakes at York and Johnston is quietly confident he can turn the tables on Cracksman. Obviously and quite understandably his connections are going to expect him to come on from that Epsom race," said the Middleham-based trainer. He was on the inside and Permian held him in for a few strides and got first run on him.
Cracksman managed to get out, came after us and caught us by a nose. They would have expected Cracksman to improve on that and beat us further, but this is the same track and a different distance and I think we're the more assured of the pair to benefit from the step up in trip.
With these older horses, you risk following them all the way down to the bottom with their handicap mark and a strong case could be made for each of the other six runners, but there's a slight chance he'll find a bit more life in him off this rating.
Getting back to Doncaster, I'm quite keen on Sir Dancealot, which is trading at 5/2 at the time of writing for the six-furlong Listed Betfred Mobile Wentworth Stakes (2.05).
They've got horses that can go from anywhere in the field.
She’s very kind, very sweet, she knows her space - she’s tall and elegant.
“She’s a phenomenal filly - we’re lucky to have her, lucky to have Frankie to ride her and lucky to have the champion three-year-old colt as well.
Stablemate Cracksman sidestepped the Arc in favour of the Champion Stakes at Ascot and, after claiming a seven-length verdict there, he was named Three-Year-Old Colt of the year leaving Gosden to savour the prospect of pitching the pair against each other in 2018.
Gosden told Racing UK: “She’s a wonderful filly, a gorgeous filly to be around.
While we don't have a huge amount to go on, I reckon he's unexposed off 96 and almost certainly has more to come.