Breaking The Bank was allowed his own way out in front when winning easily at Windsor last week but that may not be the case in this more competitive affair. Mount Tiger has also won two of his last three but seems better on the Polytrack while Hilali may need this. Discression has become disappointing and Xinbama was well beaten at Goodwood earlier this month, though had won his previous two over this course and distance. PERSEPOLIS had little to beat at Sandown but an earlier second at Goodwood confirmed he is on an upward curve and this should be within his capabilities.
Benzanno (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on, 4th of 17, 5l behind Highland Duke (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 1f app hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Hilali (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway 2f out, driven and ran on well inside final furlong to lead final 50 yards, won at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb beating Askaud (8-11) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Persepolis (IRE) 1-5fav (9-3) Tracked leader, led after 1f, ridden clear over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Sandown 1m 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Jul beating Key Appointment (9-11) by 12l, 4 ran.
Break Rank (USA) 10-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 2f out, soon ridden and edged right, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Thomas Hobson (9-1) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Jul.
Xinbama (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, in rear, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 17, 11l behind Highland Duke (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 1f app hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Discression 3-1fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on same pace, no extra well inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Green Howard (9-2) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Ducab (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Held up in touch in 5th, pushed along over 2f out, staying on same pace and no real impression when hampered on inside over 1f out, 5th and one pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Royal Skies (10-0) at Ascot 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Breaking The Bank 9-4fav (9-1) Made all, clear 3f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on strongly, unchallenged, won at Windsor 1m 2f app hcp (5) gf beating Young Dottie (8-9) by 5l, 6 ran.
Mount Tiger 11-8fav (8-13) Tracked leaders on outer, ridden 2f out, led last 100 yards, kept on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Ocean Tempest (9-13) by 1l, 8 ran.