This is a far cry from the Group 2 Great Voltigeur won by Centennial two seasons ago and despite looking very well handicapped at present he cannot be backed with confidence, so continual has been his slide, so preference is for ALAZAN. Philip Hobbs has his string in tremendous form and this four-year-old has won over both hurdles and also in a 10f Sandown handicap last time. He is related to placed runners over this trip and races as though he will stay. Classic Vintage acts with cut and is back on his last winning mark, so he has to be respected. Kings Troop is 9lb higher than an Epsom win over this trip earlier in the campaign and acts on good to soft. Seven Summits has potential for improvement after just four runs and is not ruled out.
Salden Licht 12-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on, 5th of 23, 7l behind Charm School (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (2) sft in Nov.
Crackentorp 10-1 (9-6) Tracked leader, driven 4f out, lost place over 3f out, soon ridden, weakened 2f out, eased over 1f out, 8th of 9, 30l behind Herculean (8-11) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Sep.
Classic Vintage (USA) 14-1 (9-3) In touch, headway to chase leading pair 6f out ridden 3f out, kept on, one pace from over 1f out, 7th of 11, 6l behind Willing Foe (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Centennial (IRE) 9-2 (9-10) Led, ridden and headed entering final 3f, driven over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 10l behind Red Merlin (9-8) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) hvy.
Trip The Light 8-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, faded final furlong, 7th of 12, 9l behind Jo'burg (9-3) at York 1m 2f clm stks (3) gf in Sep.
Red Jade 3-1fav (9-7) Held up in last trio, headway from 4f out, chased leaders over 3f out, 2nd over 2f out, challenged upsides and every chance until not pace of winner inside final furlong, kept on to press for 2nd, 3rd of 9, 3/4l behind Veiled Applause (8-9) at York 1m 2f app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) sft.
Granston (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Held up in touch, ridden and weakened well over 1f out, 11th of 16, 14l behind Psychic Ability (9-4) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Ella 12-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 9, 9l behind Royal Destination (9-8) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-110 (2) gd in Sep.
Seven Summits (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) In rear, not troubled leaders, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Kings Destiny (9-8) at Ascot 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gs.
Bothy 16-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, bumped and lost place over 4f out, rallied final furlong, 6th of 14, 11l behind Lethal Glaze (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Kings Troop 9-2 (9-4) Held up in chasing group, ridden 3f out, headway over 1f out, chased winner entering final furlong, kept on, not reached winner, 2nd of 6, 1l behind North Cape (8-11) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Sep.
Arizona John (IRE) 15-2 (9-0) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, led inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Sep beating Abergavenny (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Arlequin 9-1 (8-9) Raced keenly in touch, lost place well over 2f out, 5th of 12, 18l behind Opera Gal (8-4) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Sep.
Alazan (IRE) 7-4fav (9-6) Prominent, raced stands side from over 3f out, led over 1f out, kept on well, won at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep beating Whistleinthewind (8-9) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.
Sagamore 10-3 (9-5) Tracked leader, effort over 2f out, hampered over 1f out, never on terms, 3rd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Home Advantage (8-12) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Sep.
Nave (USA) 8-1 (9-5) Held up in rear but in touch, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 6, 3l behind Home Advantage (8-12) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Sep.
Tominator 16-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, pushed along and headway over 2f out, ridden and every chance final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Lovers Causeway (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Epic (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Held up, headway 5f out, chased leader 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 13th of 14, well behind Lethal Glaze (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Sunny Game 11-4fav (8-2) Held up behind, driven 3f out, headway to chase leaders when hung left over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on same pace under pressure on inside final furlong, no impression, 6th of 9, 6l behind Herculean (8-11) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Sep.
Tajaarub 9-2 (8-11) Held up in 5th, pushed along and outpaced over 3f out, effort on outside and stayed on from over 1f out, never going pace to challenge, 4th of 6, 2l behind Vulcanite (9-2) at Salisbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun.