The top seven horses in the handicap all took part in the qualifying race for today's final won by PRIMAEVAL last month. James Fanshawe's charge has a real affinity for this track and left his earlier form on the turf behind when running out a convincing winner. Such was his superiority, he should come out best again despite the worse terms. Elsewhere, Crown Counsel has the form to figure but an unfavourable draw to overcome, though Sinfonico's high draw may not be too much of a hindrance as he can be likes to be held up for a late run. Loyalty is at his best on the Polytrack but this is a big step up in class for him.
Primaeval 11-2 (9-4) Close 5th on inside, headway 2f out, went 2nd and switched left over 1f out, closed to lead inside final furlong, won going away, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Aug beating Red Gulch (9-8) by 2 1/4l, 13 ran.
Red Gulch 7-2fav (9-8) Chased leaders on inside, led entering final 2f, 2 lengths ahead over 1f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Primaeval (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Aug.
Chapter And Verse (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Slowly away, behind most of way, 10th of 13, 9l behind Primaeval (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Aug.
Kajima 10-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden and hung right over 2f out, kept on under pressure to 3rd final 120 yards, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Primaeval (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Aug.
Night Lily (IRE) 10-1 (9-8) Mid-division on inside, pushed along 3f out, one pace final 2f, 7th of 13, 7l behind Primaeval (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Aug.
Layline (IRE) 11-1 (9-6) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, ran on inside final furlong, no threat, 6th of 13, 5l behind Primaeval (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Aug.
Benandonner (USA) 8-1 (9-3) Led, headed entering final 2f, soon lost 2nd, chased leading pair until weakened final 120 yards, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Primaeval (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Aug.
Crown Counsel (IRE) 17-2 (8-13) Prominent, took keen hold, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 15, 1 3/4l behind Belle Royale (8-10) at Chester 1m hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Shamir 10-1 (9-9) In touch, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 6th of 11, 6l behind Take It To The Max (9-5) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Fantasy Gladiator 7-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on well, never reached winner, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Cloud Rock (9-5) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Aug.
Sinfonico (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Always towards rear, ridden and struggling halfway, 12th of 14, 13l behind Casual Glimpse (9-3) at Goodwood 7f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jul.
Nelson's Bounty 10-1 (8-12) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, never on terms, 10th of 14, 20l behind Namecheck (9-7) at Newmarket 1m hcp 105 (2) gs in Jul.
Willow Dancer (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Chased clear leading pair, stayed on stands rail and hung left inside final 3f, soon beaten, 10th of 12, 20l behind Galiando (9-6) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Indian Jack (IRE) 25-1 (8-5) Slowly away, in rear, effort over 3f out, ridden and weakened 2f out, 13th of 17, 13l behind Sagramor (8-2) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp (2) gf in May.
Loyalty 7-1 (9-3) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 22l behind Kenyan Cat (9-2) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.
Merchant Of Medici 9-1 (9-7) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, chased leaders far side over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 8th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Sacrosanctus (9-5) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.