Royal Rock has won this twice and though unsuccessful since last year's victory he's been running well enough to make a bold bid. Genki was narrowly beaten in 2010 and started favourite a year ago but missed the break and never got into it. He's better than that and should be in the shake-up as should Libranno if in the same kind of form that saw him land a Group 2 at Doncaster three weeks ago though that was over 7f. Soul finished last that day but is better judged on his very easy victory in a Newbury Group 3 on heavy ground in July. MINCE has completed a fast-ground hat-trick, twice breaking track records in the process. She was mightily impressive in the Listed Garrowby Stakes at York last time and, as she's proved herself on soft ground in the past, should take this on the way to bigger things.
Libranno 16-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders and keen, headway to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on gamely, won at Doncaster 7f Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep beating Pastoral Player (9-4) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Soul (AUS) 9-2 (9-4) With leader, one pace when not much room over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 8, 11l behind Libranno (9-4) at Doncaster 7f Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep.
Confessional 12-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, ridden inside final furlong, one pace, 4th of 12, 3l behind Sole Power (9-9) at Doncaster 5f listed stks (1) gd in Sep.
Eton Rifles (IRE) 3-1 (9-5) Raced alone on stand's side, chased leaders off the pace, not getting there and kept on same pace from 1 1/2f out, 7th of 8, 7l behind My Girl Anna (9-2) at Curragh 5f Grp 3 (1) sft in Aug.
Genki (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Behind, outpaced when switched right over 1f out, kept on on outside final 110 yards, never nearer, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Society Rock (9-3) at Haydock 6f Grp 1 (1) fm in Sep.
Iver Bridge Lad 50-1 (9-0) 11th of 12, 16l behind Krypton Factor (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 6f fll stks Grp 1 (1) in Mar.
Joe Packet 4-1fav (9-12) Chased leaders, outpaced 2f out, switched right 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, went 2nd final strides, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Picabo (9-1) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Palace Moon 25-1 (9-10) Raced centre, slowly into stride, always behind, 25th of 27, 25l behind Hawkeyethenoo (9-9) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Royal Rock 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, closed over 2f out, ridden and edged right over 1f out, unable to quicken inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 1 3/4l behind Producer (8-9) at Goodwood 7f Grp 3 (1) gs in Aug.
Secret Witness 10-1 (9-0) Outpaced and always in rear, 9th of 10, 6l behind Swiss Spirit (8-13) at Newbury 5f Grp 3 (1) gf in Sep.
Waffle (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Towards rear center, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 21st of 26, 13l behind Captain Ramius (9-0) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) hvy in Sep.
Valbchek (IRE) 5-1 (9-8) Slowly into stride, towards rear, headway entering final furlong, soon ridden, kept on towards finish, 6th of 12, 4l behind Sole Power (9-9) at Doncaster 5f listed stks (1) gd in Sep.
Mince 2-1fav (8-11) Prominent, always going best, led over 1f out, ridden and ran on, comfortable, won at York 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Sep beating Colour Of Love (8-9) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.