Australia have won this three times in the past ten years and Shamexpress represents them here. However, although he won a Grade 1 handicap at Flemington last time, he was receiving a stone from the winner and may not be quite top drawer. The latter remark certainly does not apply to the South Africa-trained SHEA SHEA, who landed the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan in March in track-record time. He had earlier defeated the very good yardstick Sole Power in emphatic style and will take all the beating. Three-year-olds have a reasonable record in the race so Reckless Abandon will attract attention. Unbeaten as a juvenile including two Group 1's, he had plenty to do under his penalties on his reappearance in the Temple Stakes at Haydock and couldn't quite get to Kingsgate Native and Swiss Spirit with Sole Power fourth. He'll be better for the run and races from his correct mark here so can reverse the form and grab a place at least.
Ballesteros 16-1 (9-10) Slowly away, outpaced and always behind, last of 17, 8l behind Duke Of Firenze (9-0) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp (2) gd.
Doc Hay (USA) 9-1 (9-7) Steadied start, held up, switched right to near side halfway, ridden and no headway from 2f out, never on terms, 8th of 11, 7l behind Medicean Man (9-3) at Haydock 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf.
Heeraat (IRE) Evensfav (8-12) Tracked leaders, challenged over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, kep ton and held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Hamza (8-12) at Beverley 5f cond Stakes (3) gd in May.
Jack Dexter 12-1 (9-8) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 6th of 17, 3l behind Society Rock (9-13) at York 6f Grp 2 (1) gs in May.
Kingsgate Native (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Chased leaders stands' side, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, held on near finish, won at Haydock 5f Grp 2 (1) fm in May beating Swiss Spirit (9-4) by nk, 10 ran.
Medicean Man 10-1 (9-3) Steadied start, held up in rear, good headway in centre over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, strong run to lead final 75 yards, won going away, won at Haydock 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf beating Jwala (8-12) by 1l, 11 ran.
Move In Time 9-2 (9-2) 2nd of 9, hd behind Catcall (8-13) at Longchamp(FR) 5f Grp 3 (1) hvy in May.
Pearl Secret 6-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, shaken up over 2f out, headway over 1f out, not clear run inside final furlong, never on terms, 9th of 19, 4 1/2l behind Ortensia (9-8) at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Aug.
Prohibit 7-2fav (9-2) 5th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Lover Man (9-2) at Maisons-Laffitte(FR) 5f Listed stks (1) gs.
Shamexpress (NZ) (7-13) won at Flemington(AUS) 6f Grp 1 hcp gd in Mar, 13 ran.
Shea Shea (SAF) Evensfav (9-0) won at Meydan(UAE) 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Mar beating Joy And Fun (9-0) by 3/4l, 16 ran.
Sole Power 11-10fav (9-4) Towards rear stands' side, led stands' side over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 10, 2l behind Kingsgate Native (9-4) at Haydock 5f Grp 2 (1) fm in May.
Spirit Quartz (IRE) 7-2fav (9-2) won at Chantilly(FR) 5f Grp 2 (1) gs beating Catcall (9-2) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Stepper Point 8-1 (9-2) 5th of 9, 5l behind Spirit Quartz (9-2) at Chantilly(FR) 5f Grp 2 (1) gs.
Swiss Spirit 9-1 (9-4) In rear stands' side, headway over 1f out, switched left entering final furlong, kept on to take 2nd near finish, 2nd of 10, nk behind Kingsgate Native (9-4) at Haydock 5f Grp 2 (1) fm in May.
Angels Will Fall (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Towards rear, headway on outer over 1f out, soon hung left, kept on, 4th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Artistic Jewel (9-2) at Haydock 6f 3yo lst fll (1) gf.
Bungle Inthejungle 12-1 (8-8) Raced centre, overall leader, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 14th of 17, 10l behind Sole Power (9-0) at Newmarket 5f Grp 3 (1) gf in May.
Reckless Abandon 3-1 (9-0) With leaders far side, led over 1f out, no impression with stands' side, 3rd of 10, 1/2l behind Kingsgate Native (9-4) at Haydock 5f Grp 2 (1) fm in May.
Hoyam 4-1fav (8-8) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Artistic Jewel (9-2) at Haydock 6f 3yo lst fll (1) gf.