A tight contest according to the form book. Fencing won this last year and is closely matched with Graphic on last month's running at Doncaster where he was beaten a neck. The latter had found Sirius Prospect too good at Kempton in November which brings Dean Ivory's charge into the equation, but recent form points to FRENCH NAVY. The Godolphin representative finished ahead of Fencing when runner-up in the Earl Of Sefton at Newmarket on his return and can go one better with that run under his belt. Levitate, Baltic Knight and this year's Lincoln winner Ocean Tempest will all need to be at their very best to get involved.
Graphic (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) With leader, led over 3f out, clear over 1f out, soon ridden, just held on towards finish, won at Doncaster 1m Listed stks (1) sft in Mar beating Fencing (9-0) by nk, 7 ran.
Sirius Prospect (USA) 9-1 (9-5) Raced wide, held up, never a factor, 7th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Captain Cat (9-5) at Lingfield 1m cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol.
Baltic Knight (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Held up in touch, outpaced 4f out, soon no impression, last of 7, 7l behind Montiridge (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Boomshackerlacker (IRE) (8-11) 2nd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Combat Zone (9-4) at Chantilly(FR) 1m stks gd in Nov.
Fencing (USA) 7-2fav (8-13) Keen in touch, headway to track leaders 6f out, pressed winner 3f out, ridden 2f out, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Mull Of Killough (8-13) at Newmarket 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gd.
French Navy 11-2 (8-13) Awkwardly away in rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, ridden and ran on, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Mull Of Killough (8-13) at Newmarket 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gd.
Levitate 9-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 15th of 17, 20l behind Ocean Tempest (9-3) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) sft in Mar.
Mister Music 18-1 (9-9) Tracked leader, lost place over 3f out, eased over 1f out, last of 12, 45l behind Hi There (8-10) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) hvy in Oct.
Ocean Tempest 16-1 (9-10) Raced centre, tracked leader, led overall over 2f out, ridden when headed inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 23, 2 1/2l behind Gabrial's Kaka (8-12) at Newbury 1m hcp (2) gd.
Race And Status (IRE) 7-2 (8-13) Took keen hold towards rear, effort 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 16l behind Intello (8-13) at Newmarket 1m 1f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Apr '13.