Seven of the last nine winners have been trained in the UK including the last two, Hitchens and Tiddliwinks, who both run here. There has been no double-figure draw in the past 14 years so Hitchens is ruled out despite Johnny Murtagh's presence. Slade Power also looks out of it in stall 15 and Nocturnal Affair will do well to land such a competitive event after a very long break. This isn't a great race for three-year-olds but Aidan O'Brien has a couple of entries though Parliament Square is drawn widest of all and Infanta Branca doesn't look good enough. MAAREK has a chance second to none as he loves this track so with rain forecast it's David Nagle's tough and consistent sprinter who is handed the vote. Last year's runner-up Jimmy Styles prefers faster ground and looks a threat if the going remains quick while South Africa produces good sprinters so the Group 2 winner Antious is one for the future though a poor draw is no help here.
Maarek 7-2fav (9-11) In rear, ridden and ran on final furlong, not reach leaders, 5th of 17, 2 3/4l behind Society Rock (9-13) at York 6f Grp 2 (1) gs.
Tiddliwinks 20-1 (9-8) Went right start, towards rear, headway over 1f out, lost action inside final furlong, virtually pulled up, last of 17, well behind Society Rock (9-13) at York 6f Grp 2 (1) gs.
Jimmy Styles 20-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, chased winner over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on and always held, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Tickled Pink (9-3) at Newmarket 6f Grp 3 (1) gf in Apr.
Angel's Pursuit (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) 8th of 13, 8l behind Hitchens (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 6f Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1) in Feb '12.
Antious (ARG) 12-1 (9-6) Lost 2l-hung, 8th of 12, 8l behind What A Winter (9-6) at Clairwood(SAF) 6f Grp 1 gd in Jul.
Arctic (IRE) 18-1 (9-5) Prominent until halfway, soon no extra and weakened from 2f out, last of 11, 32l behind Maarek (9-8) at Curragh 6f Grp 3 (1) sft in Sep.
Dandy Boy (ITY) 12-1 (9-4) 9th of 16, 5l behind Shea Shea (9-4) at Meydan(UAE) 5f Listed stks (1) gd in Mar.
Farmleigh House (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Raced wide, always towards rear, 9th of 10, 7l behind Ladies Are Forever (8-12) at Lingfield 5f Listed stks (1) pol in Mar.
Hitchens (IRE) 11-2 (9-10) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 7th of 15, 7l behind Hamza (9-4) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gf.
Nocturnal Affair (SAF) 13-2 (9-11) Mid-division, ridden in 8th 2f out, stayed on in 6th 1f out, kept on well final furlong to 2nd close home, 2nd of 14, 1l behind Balmont Mast (9-11) at Dundalk 5f lst stks 2yo (1) pol in Oct.
Reply (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) With leader, led over 5f out, headed over 1f out, faded, 9th of 12, 24l behind Farhh (9-0) at Newbury 1m Grp 1 (1) gf.
Russian Soul (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) 15th of 16, 12l behind Shea Shea (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Slade Power (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Raced centre, slowly away, held up towards rear, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 8th of 15, 5l behind Maarek (9-0) at Ascot 6f Grp 2 (1) sft in Oct.
Katla (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Mid-division, lost place over 2f out, 18th of 19, 20l behind Eton Rifles (9-3) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Nov.
Leitir Mor (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Set strong pace and soon 4 lengths clear, headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 13, 13l behind Dawn Approach (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf.
Parliament Square (IRE) 9-10fav (9-5) Led, strongly pressed and headed well over 2f out, dropped to 4th, 3rd and kept on same pace under pressure inside final furlong, 3rd of 4, 2 1/2l behind Cape Of Approval (10-0) at Cork 6f stks sft.
Infanta Branca (USA) 10-1 (8-11) Settled in rear, ridden well over 1f out and soon no extra, eased when beaten well inside final furlong, last of 8, 8l behind Viztoria (8-12) at Curragh 7f flls Group 3 stks (1) gs.