James Fanshawe has a fine Ascot record and arrives double-handed with his two sprinting stars, both of whom scored at Royal Ascot this season. The tough Society Rock landed the Golden Jubilee Stakes and will play a prominent role if repeating that level, although he'll need to improve on his latest sixth in the Betfred Sprint Cup behind Dream Ahead. However, his liking for this track earns him shortlist inclusion. Deacon Blues, a game winner of the Wokingham Stakes, has yet to get on the Group 1 scoresheet but looks a dramatically improved sprinter and it would not surprise to see him take this step up to the top level in his stride. However, the vote goes to Freddy Head's French raider, MOONLIGHT CLOUD. Victory in the Prix Maurice De Gheest at Deauville never looked in doubt and although she's yet to oblige at this trip, her running style suggests the drop in distance should present no problem. Fellow French raider, Wizz Kid, is another to take careful note of, close-up in the Prix de L'Abbaye last time and still quite lightly-raced.
Dafeef 7-2 (9-4) Slowly away, held up, headway when not clear run 2f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, held by winner towards finish, stayed on, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Premio Loco (9-4) at Doncaster 7f Grp 2 (1) gf in Sep.
Deacon Blues 5-4fav (9-3) Held up towards rear, steady headway halfway, chased leadrs over 1f out, quickened to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Newbury 5f Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep beating Masamah (9-5) by 1l, 10 ran.
Genki (IRE) 11-4fav (9-5) Fly jumped start, held up behind, switched left and headway over 1f out, ridden and edged right inside final furlong, kept on, not reached leaders, 5th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Royal Rock (9-1) at Ascot 6f Grp 3 (1) gd.
Jimmy Styles 15-2 (9-1) Behind, outpaced 2f out, stayed on into mid-division final furlong, never near leaders, 9th of 16, 6l behind Move In Time (8-12) at Ascot 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Medicean Man 9-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, behind and never able to get on terms after, 8th of 10, 6l behind Deacon Blues (9-3) at Newbury 5f Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep.
Prime Defender 7-2 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, keeping on same when hampered inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 4l behind Desert Law (8-13) at Bath 6f cond Stakes (2) gf in Aug.
Royal Rock 16-1 (9-1) Held up mid-division, headway when not clear run over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, stayed on to lead final 50 yards, won at Ascot 6f Grp 3 (1) gd beating Rose Bonheur (8-11) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Silverside (USA) (9-4) won at Baden-Baden(GER) 6f Grp 2 (1) sft in Aug beating Smooth Operator (9-4) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Society Rock (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway on far side over 1f out, one pace and no impression inside final furlong, 6th of 16, 5l behind Dream Ahead (9-1) at Haydock 6f Grp 1 (1) gf in Sep.
Libranno 11-2 (8-13) Keen, tracked winner, outpaced 3f out, last of 7, 21l behind Ransom Note (9-3) at Newmarket 1m Grp 2 (1) gf in Sep.
Hooray 3-1fav (8-6) Went left start, tracked winner, ridden 2f out, stayed on one pace final furlong, 4th of 8, 1 1/2l behind Libranno (8-13) at Goodwood 7f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Ladies Are Forever 9-2 (8-10) In touch in mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, ran on to lead close home, won at York 6f flls Group 3 stks (1) gd in Jul beating Dever Dream (9-2) by hd, 9 ran.
Moonlight Cloud 9-1 (8-8) In rear, steady headway to lead 1f out, quickened smartly, won at Deauville(FR) 6f Grp 1 (1) sft in Aug beating Society Rock (9-2) by 4l, 13 ran.
Night Carnation 11-2 (8-13) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened closing stages, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Deacon Blues (9-3) at Newbury 5f Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep.
Perfect Tribute 14-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, driven 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, no impression, 8th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Royal Rock (9-1) at Ascot 6f Grp 3 (1) gd.
Wizz Kid (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) 5th of 15, 1 1/4l behind Tangerine Trees (9-10) at Longchamp(FR) 5f Grp 1 (1) gd.