Ile De Re won this last year but the going was soft which he much prefers. COUNTRYWIDE FLAME is a high-class dual purpose performer whose last outing on the Flat was when runner-up in the Cesarewitch. He subsequently won the Flighting Fifth Hurdle and he's looking well enough treated to land another big prize for John Quinn. Justification represents Ballydoyle and this progressive stayer has to be respected despite an 8lb rise for his Leopardstown victory. Simenon wasn't in the best of form when last seen over timber but has been given a break and the dual Royal Ascot winner will be primed to perfection, while Tominator won a Listed handicap here in September and is only 4lb higher. Olympiad was well beaten in the Cesarewitch but a very good winner of a tough York handicap over an extended two miles previously.
Simenon (IRE) 16-1 (9-11) Settled in 7th, 6th entering straight and switched left 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong to go 5th close home, 5th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Royal Diamond (9-11) at Curragh 1m 6f Grp 1 (1) in Sep.
Thimaar (USA) 33-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 3f out, every chance over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 25l behind Times Up (9-1) at York 2m Grp 2 (1) gs in Aug.
Ile De Re (FR) 6-1 (9-7) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 7th of 9, 23l behind Rite Of Passage (9-7) at Ascot 2m Grp 3 (1) sft in Oct.
Tominator 9-1 (9-1) Mid-division on inside, headway when not clear run and switched left over 3f out, effort to chase leading pair inside final 2f, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 34, 2 3/4l behind Aaim To Prosper (9-10) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gs in Oct.
Softsong (FR) 25-1 (8-9) 7th of 8, 33l behind Usuelo (8-9) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 7f Grp 3 (1) sft in Apr '12.
Address Unknown 12-1 (9-9) Tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, lost place when not much room over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 13, 42l behind Sir Graham Wade (8-9) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 105 (2) fm in Sep.
Investissement 25-1 (8-13) Close 5th on inside, led narrowly over 2f out, kept slight advantage until headed final 110 yards, out stayed to 3rd close home, 3rd of 20, 1 1/2l behind Moyenne Corniche (8-10) at York 1m 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug '11.
Olympiad (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) In touch, outpaced 6f out, weakened 3f out, 21st of 34, well behind Aaim To Prosper (9-10) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gs in Oct.
Buckland (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Towards rear, ridden and headway on outer over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 4th of 10, 5l behind Estimate (8-9) at Ascot 2m Grp 3 (1) gd.
Theology 25-1 (9-9) Took keen hold, held up in rear, headway and switched right to inside 2f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Desert Recluse (8-12) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Apr.
Suraj 7-2 (9-4) Steadied start, patiently ridden in rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Lady Kashaan (8-1) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-100 (2) hvy in Sep.
Very Good Day (FR) 20-1 (8-10) Towards rear, headway into mid-division over 4f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace final 2f, never near leaders, 13th of 34, 28l behind Aaim To Prosper (9-10) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gs in Oct.
Countrywide Flame 7-1fav (8-5) In touch, switched left and headway over 3f out, soon challenged, ridden and every chance from over 1f out, carried left inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 34, 1/2l behind Aaim To Prosper (9-10) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gs in Oct.
Montaser (IRE) 10-1 (8-0) Mid-division, outpaced over 4f out, soon beaten, weakened 3f out, 27th of 34, well behind Aaim To Prosper (9-10) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gs in Oct.
Justification 5-2fav (9-2) Held up in rear, pushed along into moderate 7th 3f out, headway entering straight, 3rd 1 1/2f out, led over 1f out, kept on well final furlong, pressed close home, won at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp sft in Apr beating Whatuthink (8-5) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Ingleby Spirit 16-1 (8-7) Keen prominent early, close up, headway to chase leader 2f out, led approaching final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Apr beating Beyond Conceit (9-1) by 3 1/2l, 14 ran.
Good Morning Star (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders in 4th, outpaced over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, soon faded, 8th of 10, 8l behind Ardlui (9-11) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Kiama Bay (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Ridden foreward and soon led, set strong pace, headed over 1f out, faded, 5th of 6, 22l behind Communicator (8-13) at Chester 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gd in Aug.