AFSARE is taken to take this Listed prize on his way to bigger and better things, with Quadrille and Fencing Master considered the most testing opposition. Luca Cumani's charge took second in what looked a hot Kempton maiden on debut, although the winner was held when stepping into handicap company last time. Lets not hold that against our pick though as he's done nothing but improve since, efficiently landing a maiden before trouncing Wigmore Hall when stepped up to this trip at Doncaster. One entered in the St James Palace Stakes, the feeling is Afsare will prove above Listed standard and he can show that here. Quadrille is weighted to finish upsides our pick on these terms and would be a popular winner for Her Majesty The Queen. He's no forlorn hope either having produced an impressive display last time and this step up to 1m2f for the first time should bring about more improvement from this regaly bred individual. Fencing Master is officially the best horse lining up and is respected accordingly; his rating of 116 is based on a fine Dewhurst second last season as well as a fair seventh in the 2000 Guineas on his return and Aidan O'Brien's charge is only ruled out on the grounds that in Afsare he faces a stern rival and there remain doubts about the yard's form. Film Score is a $400,000 purchase who made a winning debut, accounting for a horse placed in several Group races in the process. Strict reading of that run suggests he's a 110 horse already and there should be more to come, but perhaps a lack of experience will prove his undoing. Fair Trade was behind Fencing Master in the Guineas and looks up against it here with Alrasm a more likely threat. Michael Jarvis almost landed the Coventry Stakes on Tuesday and his charge has claims if forgiven a below-par run last time when the quick ground was probably against him. Lord Zenith surely will struggle to give the weight away and a bigger threat may be Champagne Style. Brian Meehan's charge shaped as though needing further than a mile as a juvenile and is bred to keep improving so a market check is advised, although this is a tough ask on his return. Afsare could be a cut above these and gets the vote to continue his progression.
Lord Zenith 11-2 (9-3) Tracked leader until over 4f out, handy on inside, hanging right when not clearest of runs over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not pace to challenge, 4th of 9, 2l behind Fallen Idol (8-12) at Sandown 1m 3yo lst stk (1) gf in May.
Afsare 11-4 (8-12) Tracked leaders, switched right over 2f out, led approaching final furlong, ran on strongly, impressive, won at Doncaster 1m 2f con stks (2) gf beating Wigmore Hall (8-12) by 4 1/2l, 5 ran.
Champagne Style (USA) 8-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, ridden 3f out, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead just inside final furlong, ran on, won at Newmarket 1m 2yo stks (2) gd in Oct beating Kalypso King (9-3) by 4l, 5 ran.
Alrasm (IRE) 2-1fav (9-0) Led, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, eased when hampered inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 10l behind Green Moon (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo lst stk (1) gf in May.
Critical Moment (USA) 7-2 (8-12) Led 1f, tracked leader, headway on outside to challenge well over 3f out, lost place 2f out, ridden and no impression from over 1f out, last of 7, 11l behind Ted Spread (8-12) at Chester 1m 4f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gs in May.
Dubai Miracle (USA) 16-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, not clear run over 2f out, soon no impression, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Afsare (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 2f con stks (2) gf.
Fair Trade 50-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, headway to go prominent after 2f, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 19, 9l behind Makfi (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf in May.
Fencing Master 9-2 (9-0) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, headway to 3rd 3f out, ridden in 5th and no extra 1 1/2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 13, 13l behind Canford Cliffs (9-0) at Curragh 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf in May.
Film Score (USA) 10-1 (9-3) Dwelt, raced on outer, held up, steady headway from 4f out, went 4th over 2f out, chased leader over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) gf in May beating Mata Keranjang (9-3) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Lion Mountain 11-2 (9-2) last of 8, 21l behind Silver Pond (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 3f Grp 2 (1) gd in May.
Mont Agel 14-1 (8-12) Unruly start, dwelt, in rear, short lived effort 2f out, 7th of 9, 14l behind Elusive Pimpernel (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Apr.
Prompter 13-2 (8-12) Held up in touch, pushed along over 5f out, soon weakened, tailed off and virtually pulled up over 3f out, last of 7, well behind Azmeel (8-12) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gs in May.
Quadrille 9-4fav (9-2) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, ridden clear final furlong, comfortable, won at Newmarket 1m con stks (3) gf in May beating High Twelve (8-12) by 5l, 6 ran.
The Rectifier (USA) 28-1 (8-12) Led at steady pace, strongly pressed 2f out, kept narrow advantage throughout final furlong until headed on line, 2nd of 9, hd behind Fallen Idol (8-12) at Sandown 1m 3yo lst stk (1) gf in May.
Wigmore Hall (IRE) 5-4fav (8-12) Raced in rear, in touch, headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, not pace to challenge, 2nd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Afsare (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 2f con stks (2) gf.
Miss Starlight 12-1 (8-9) Held up intouch in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase winner briefly inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Green Moon (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo lst stk (1) gf in May.