Joseph O'Brien hardly covered himself with glory when getting ST NICHOLAS ABBEY beaten by pacemaker Windsor Palace in his comeback race at the Curragh but the five-year-old probably needed the run and the jockey was trying to look after him on the very soft ground. With Robin Hood to do the donkey work for him here, the Ballydoyle star can recoup losses and land this Group 1 contest for the second year running. Red Cadeaux finally gained reward for a string of placed efforts in top-class company when winning the Yorkshire Cup last month but he needs more here and a bigger danger to the selection is likely to be last year's St Leger winner Masked Marvel, who obviously needed his reappearance at Newmarket when well behind runner-up Quest For Peace. Beaten Up was very progressive as a three-year-old and was too keen when behind the selection in Dubai Sheema Classic. He can get closer here, though may not be able to turn the tables.
Beaten Up 7-2 (8-13) 6th of 10, 7l behind Cirrus Des Aigles (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Masked Marvel 9-1 (9-3) Led after 2f, set steady pace, ridden and hung left over 2f out, soon headed, weakened 1f out, 7th of 8, 17l behind Al Kazeem (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 4f Grp 2 (1) gs in May.
Quest For Peace (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Led 2f, tracked leader, ridden to lead approaching 2f out, soon headed, kept on one pace, 2nd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Al Kazeem (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 4f Grp 2 (1) gs in May.
Red Cadeaux 4-1 (9-0) Held up in 4th, improved 3f out, led over 1f out, soon hung left, kept on well, won at York 1m 6f Grp 2 (1) gd in May beating Glen's Diamond (9-0) by 1l, 8 ran.
Robin Hood (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Soon led and clear after 3f, reduced advantage after halfway and headed entering straight, ridden and no extra in 3rd under 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 5, 14l behind So You Think (9-1) at Curragh 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gd in May.
St Nicholas Abbey (IRE) 2-5fav (9-8) Settled in 3rd, 10 lengths off pace halfway, dropped to moderate 4th early straight, ridden over 1f out and kept on well inside final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Windsor Palace (9-3) at Curragh 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gs in May.