Mont Ras blitzed his rivals from the front at York last month but had a 5lb claimer on board that day and is also 5lb higher here. His front-running tactics may not be as effective on this slower surface and you would expect stablemate Anderiego and Sandagiyr to get closer. As well as the latter Saeed bin Suroor, who is bidding for a hat-trick in this race, also runs PIED A TERRE. A Grade 2 winner on good to soft going in his native Australia last year, he's taken a while to acclimatise but only found Shebebi too good over 7f here last month and looks poised to recapture the winning thread. Ascription won't mind the ground but has gone up a further 4lb since finishing second at Haydock while the three-year-olds Ajraam and Stepping Ahead don't look particularly well treated. Levitate and Global Village were first and second in the Lincoln here in March but the former returns from a break today while the latter has been a little disappointing of late.
Sandagiyr (FR) 10-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden 2f out, never reached leaders, 10th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Mont Ras (8-10) at York 1m hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Mont Ras (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Made all, ridden over 1f out, stayed on gamely, won at York 1m hcp (2) gf in Aug beating Windhoek (8-13) by 1l, 16 ran.
Stand My Ground (IRE) (8-11) 8th of 11, 16l behind Spoil The Fun (8-11) at Longchamp(FR) 1m Listed stks (1) sft in May.
Pied A Terre (AUS) 12-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Shebebi (9-1) at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug.
Ascription (IRE) 2-1fav (9-13) Held up in touch, headway to lead over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Graphic (9-1) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Gabrial The Great (IRE) 13-2 (9-2) Held up towards rear, driven and headway over 1f out, plugged on inside final furlong, never going pace to get competitive, 9th of 15, 6l behind Vasily (8-12) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Global Village (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Rear of mid-division, no impression from 3f out, never a factor, 19th of 20, 18l behind Moran Gra (8-13) at Curragh 1m hcp gf.
Levitate 8-1 (9-3) Close up, ridden 3f out, switched right 2f out, stayed on final furlong, not pace to challenge, 4th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Vainglory (8-9) at Epsom Downs 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May.
Anderiego (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, soon no impression, 12th of 20, 11l behind Moran Gra (8-13) at Curragh 1m hcp gf.
Ajraam (USA) 8-1 (9-5) Behind, outpaced 2f out, never dangerous, 7th of 10, 13l behind Correspondent (9-7) at Chester 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Aug.
Stepping Ahead (FR) 6-1 (8-12) Pressed leader, pushed along over 3f out, edged right over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 5l behind Law Enforcement (9-7) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jul.