Questioning beat Twice Over in a Group 3 at Newmarket early last year but it's fair to say his career has not progressed as expected. He finished last at Windsor back in June and only beat one home in his three previous starts. Tried in a hood here, he looks vulnerable against Godolphin's THA'IR who beat a decent sort in a handicap at Newmarket last month and ran a bit better than his final position suggests at Goodwood subsequently. Fattsota isn't out of this and recent rain is very much in his favour. He won a valuable handicap at Ascot on soft ground last year. Whipper's Boy is a course winner and has his sights lowered but needs to step up on his reappearance.
Fattsota 9-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 15, 8l behind Forgotten Voice (9-2) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gf in Jun.
Prince Alzain (USA) 18-1 (9-3) Rear of mid-division, ridden entering straight, no impression from 2f out, 7th of 12, 5l behind Declaration Of War (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1) pol in Oct.
Questioning (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Steadied into last, pushed along 3f out, ridden and outpaced from 2f out, last of 4, 6l behind French Navy (9-7) at Windsor 1m Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Jun.
Durand 5-2fav (9-5) Soon tracked leader, niggled along from 4f out, led from 2f out, clear from over 1f out, stayed on well, easily, won at Roscommon 1m 2f 3yo mdn aut gf in Jun beating Minister Of Mayhem (9-5) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Tha'ir (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 11th of 13, 6l behind Broughton (8-1) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp (2) gd.
Whipper's Boy (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Dwelt, took keen hold in rear, headway on inside over 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 6l behind Montiridge (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd.