Things haven't exactly gone to plan for MEASURING TIME so far this year but he was placed in Group 3 races at Sandown and Lingfield in the spring and finished comfortably ahead of Picture Editor over this trip on similar ground at Newmarket last autumn. He could be the one to beat as Vesuve hasn't beat a horse home in two runs this term though the latter's stablemate, Spring Of Fame, may have needed his run at Newbury last month and finished ahead of Al Shemali in Dubai in the spring. The others are all useful on their day but were well beaten in handicap company last time.
Al Shemali 40-1 (8-13) Never a factor, 13th of 14, 44l behind Rewilding (8-12) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Forte Dei Marmi 11-1 (9-8) Held up in rear, not clear run well over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 8th of 18, 6l behind Arlequin (8-5) at Goodwood 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Resurge (IRE) 20-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, pushed along and outpaced over 3f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 15, 9l behind Dhaamer (8-10) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Spanish Duke (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, not clear run from over 2f out, some headway but still denied run when switched right over 1f out, not able to challenge, 13th of 18, 9l behind Arlequin (8-5) at Goodwood 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Spring of Fame (USA) 20-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, under pressure over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 10l behind Dux Scholar (8-7) at Newbury 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Jul.
Vesuve (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) In touch in 5th, ridden and weakened 2f out, eased when no chance over 1f out, last of 11, 35l behind Class Is Class (9-5) at Sandown 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Jul.
Measuring Time 33-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden over 2f out, not clear run inside final furlong, no impression, 9th of 10, 9l behind Namibian (9-3) at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Jul.
Picture Editor 22-1 (9-7) In touch, headway over 4f out, chasing leaders when hampered approaching final 3f, soon lost place, not recover, 11th of 18, 24l behind Brown Panther (8-13) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Jun.