Royal Rock won a Group 3 at Ascot last season but was arguably even better when fourth behind Deacon Blues at the same track on his last start of the year. The highly progressive Sirius Prospect also makes his reappearance having won five of his last six starts in 2011 including a Listed event over C&D in November with Mayson just behind. However, BANNOCK may just have the edge on fitness as he'll have come on for last Saturday's pipe-opener at Lingfield when a creditable third to Gusto. The winner of the Rockingham over 6f at York in October, Mark Johnston's colt could be the first three-year-old to land this since 2002 when the Yorkshire trainer won it with Falcon Hill. Jimmy Styles is looking to repeat last year's success in this when he had Royal Rock behind, while The Cheka and Internationaldebut are others to consider.
Royal Rock 25-1 (9-0) Held up, headway over 1f out, ridden and ran on towards finish, 4th of 16, 2l behind Deacon Blues (9-0) at Ascot 6f Grp 2 (1) gd in Oct.
Fratellino 11-1 (9-0) Chased leader, led entering final furlong, ridden out, won at Lingfield 5f Listed stks (1) pol beating Spirit Quartz (9-0) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Sirius Prospect (USA) 9-2 (9-3) Held up in rear, pushed along halfway, headway entering final furlong, ran on to lead final strides, readily, won at Doncaster 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Nov beating Mayson (9-3) by nk, 16 ran.
High Standing (USA) 7-1 (9-0) Led, headed 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Chilworth Lad (9-1) at Redcar 7f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Oct.
Internationaldebut (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) 7th of 14, 5l behind Happy Dubai (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 6f hcp in Feb.
Jimmy Styles 8-1 (8-9) 7th of 11, 4l behind Soul (9-3) at Meydan(UAE) 6f hcp gd.
Mayson 12-1 (9-3) Led, 2 lengths clear 2f out, ridden and headed final strides, 2nd of 16, nk behind Sirius Prospect (9-3) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Nov.
Pabusar 11-1 (9-7) In touch, effort over 1f out, every chance entering final furlong, weakened towards finish, 7th of 9, 12l behind Sirius Prospect (8-11) at Ascot 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Sep.
The Cheka (IRE) 12-1 (9-8) In touch stands side, ridden and effort when groups merged 2f out, every chance when hung right 1f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, 3rd of 16, 3 1/2l behind Pastoral Player (9-1) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Oct.
Waffle (IRE) 7-1 (9-10) Behind, headway halfway, chased leaders over 1f out, soon no impression, 9th of 16, 2 3/4l behind Marine Commando (8-8) at Haydock 5f hcp 105 (2) gs in Sep.
Googlette (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) Tracked leader, ridden and hung right bend 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 11, 5l behind Oasis Dancer (9-0) at Lingfield 6f Listed stks (1) pol in Feb.
Sos Brillante (CHI) 9-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Titan Triumph (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Bannock (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Raced wide close up, ridden 2f out, chased winner 1f out, kept on one pace, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Gusto (9-3) at Lingfield 7f Listed Stakes (3yo) (1) pol.
Boris Grigoriev (IRE) 28-1 (9-1) Pressed winner until ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 11, 11l behind Gusto (9-3) at Lingfield 7f Listed Stakes (3yo) (1) pol.