Godolphin make a determined challenge with representatives from both yards and FRENCH NAVY looking their best hope. Adam Kirby rode him to victory at Windsor last season and a recent third to Ocean Tempest at Ascot gives him the beating of Baltic Knight. Fallon's presence on Windhoek suggests the latter is preferred to stablemate Quick Wit after finishing second in the Winter Derby at Lingfield. Nabucco is penalised for his Listed win at Newmarket in November and connections will be hoping for further rain on his reappearance while both Starboard and Auction have a bit to find with the principals on today's terms.
Nabucco 10-11fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, not much room over 2f out, ridden to press leader entering final furlong, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Newmarket 1m 2f Listed stks (1) sft in Nov beating Proud Chieftain (9-2) by nk, 5 ran.
Artigiano (USA) 10-1 (8-13) 15th of 16, 33l behind Prince Bishop (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 1f Group 2 sks (1) in Feb.
Baltic Knight (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) In touch in rear, ridden when switched left over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 4th of 5, 5l behind Ocean Tempest (9-6) at Windsor 1m Listed stks (1) sft.
French Navy 7-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders centre, driven 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to chase leading pair well inside final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Ocean Tempest (9-0) at Ascot 1m Listed stks (1) sft in Apr.
Glory Awaits (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) 13th of 15, 7l behind Variety Club (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m Group 2 sks (1) in Mar.
Quick Wit 33-1 (9-0) 9th of 13, 8l behind Vercingetorix (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 1f Grp 1 (1) std in Mar.
Starboard 14-1 (9-1) 6th of 10, 5l behind Tha'ir (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 3f hcp in Feb.
Windhoek 11-4 (9-0) Raced wide held up, headway on outer over 2f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, hung right and headed towards finish, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Robin Hoods Bay (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f Group 3 (1) pol in Mar.
Auction (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Raced wide, tracked leader, pushed along over 2f out, soon hung right, ridden when weakened entering final furlong, last of 7, 9l behind Zurigha (9-3) at Kempton 1m fll lst stks (1) pol in Apr.