Estimate has reportedly been working well in preparation for the defence of her staying crown. The Queen's mare will love the drying ground but faces high-class opposition including last year's St Leger winner Leading Light, who made a winning reappearance at Navan when easily beating today's rivals Royal Diamond, Pale Momosa and Saddler's Rock. Simenon was only beaten a neck last year but arrives out of sorts and more interesting is German raider ALTANO. He was only fifth 12 months ago but was finishing best of all having trailed entering the straight and would have gone close had he not met interference. He went on to beat the very useful Tac De Boistron over 2m4f in the Prix Du Cadran at Longchamp, though Marco Botti's grey did reverse that form in the Prix Royal-Oak later and has been impressive in both runs this year. Michael Owen's Brown Panther is back to his best but has come up short in Group 1 races in the past, though did beat Ahzeemah and the selection in last year's Goodwood Cup.
Ahzeemah (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Held up in mid-division, steady headway on outside tracking leaders 6f out, every chance near side 2f out, ridden and still pressing leaders over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 4l behind Gospel Choir (9-0) at York 1m 6f Grp 2 (1) gd in May.
Altano (GER) (8-13) won at Hoppegarten(GER) 2m Grp 3 (1) gs in May, 8 ran.
Brown Panther 2-1fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, ridden and ran on, won at Sandown 2m Grp 3 (1) sft in May beating High Jinx (9-2) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Oriental Fox (GER) 25-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never near leaders, 7th of 11, 7l behind Brown Panther (9-4) at Sandown 2m Grp 3 (1) sft in May.
Royal Diamond (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) Soon led, 4 lengths advantage halfway, ridden and challenged 2f out, headed over 1f out, no impression on winner final furlong, 2nd of 6, 3l behind Leading Light (9-8) at Navan 1m 6f Grp 3 (1) gd in May.
Saddler's Rock (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Ran 5th, pushed along approaching straight, in rear and no impression 3f out, no extra, last of 6, 19l behind Leading Light (9-8) at Navan 1m 6f Grp 3 (1) gd in May.
Simenon (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, driven and outpaced over 2f out, never able to challenge, 6th of 7, 23l behind Tac De Boistron (9-9) at Ascot 2m Grp 3 (1) sft in Apr.
Tac De Boistron (FR) 4-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, switched right to near side well over 1f out, stayed on well to chase winner well inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 12, nk behind Gospel Choir (9-0) at York 1m 6f Grp 2 (1) gd in May.
Havana Beat (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Towards rear, came centre straight, ridden 2f out, ran on towards finish, nearest finish, 5th of 14, 1 3/4l behind De Rigueur (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May.
Leading Light (IRE) Evensfav (9-8) Ran 3rd, closer 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, won at Navan 1m 6f Grp 3 (1) gd in May beating Royal Diamond (9-6) by 3l, 6 ran.
Ralston Road (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway 4f out, pushed along tracking leaders 3f out, led over 2f out, ridden well over 1f out, stayed on well, joined post, won at York 1m 6f Listed stks (1) gs in May deadheating with Clever Cookie (9-0), 12 ran.
Shwaiman (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, tracking leaders on outside, effort near side over 3f out, went 2nd over 1f out, every chance 1f out, no extra final 100 yads, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Clever Cookie (9-0) at York 1m 6f Listed stks (1) gs in May.
Estimate (IRE) 2-1fav (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden disputing 3rd over 1f out, no extra and lost 3 places towards finish, 7th of 12, 3l behind Royal Diamond (9-7) at Ascot 2m Grp 3 (1) sft in Oct.
Missunited (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Made all, pressed and ridden 3f out, went a few lengths clear 2f out and kept on well inside final furlong, won at Leopardstown 1m 6f Listed stks (1) gd beating Shu Lewis (9-0) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Pale Mimosa (IRE) 2-1 (9-0) Chased leader in 2nd, closer 3f out, ridden and no impression in 3rd 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Leading Light (9-8) at Navan 1m 6f Grp 3 (1) gd in May.