Luca Cumani won this with the talented-but-temperamental Naqshabban last year and Kiwayu doesn't look the most straightforward either as he ran off the track at Windsor last week. KAAFEL looks the safer option after a promising second on his debut at Newbury last month and he gets the nod. Verse Of Love has had plenty of chances and Light Burst has looked ordinary so far, but better is expected from Fourth Of June and Aim Higher on only their second starts. Flaxen Flare and Dakota Canyon are related to winners and are newcomers to note.
Afaal (USA) 100-1 (9-0) Towards rear, never on terms, 9th of 15, 12l behind Most Improved (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Aug.
Aim Higher 6-1 (9-3) Towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and stayed on from over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 9, 6l behind Apostle (9-3) at Yarmouth 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jun.
Awesome Rock (IRE) 80-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, towards rear, outpaced 2f out, never on terms, 10th of 13, 13l behind Halling Dancer (8-10) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Sep.
Charley's Mount (IRE) 66-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, 14th of 16, 18l behind Tell Dad (8-7) at Newmarket 7f 2yo aut (2) gf in Sep.
Combat Rock (IRE) Insatiable gelding out of Dashing Place.
Dakota Canyon (IRE) Rock Of Gibraltar colt out of Dakota Sioux.
Flaxen Flare (IRE) Windsor Knot gelding out of Golden Angel.
Fourth Of June (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and one pace inside final 2f, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 6th of 11, 5l behind Mince (8-12) at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Sep.
Gone To Ground 100-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, outpaced and always in rear, last of 7, 20l behind Ballesteros (9-0) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Sep.
Kaafel (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Held up in mid-division, good headway stands side over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, stayed on well closing stages, always held, 2nd of 15, nk behind Miblish (9-3) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sep.
Kiwayu 14-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, ran out on bend 5f out, in a race won by Eurystheus (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2yo mdn (5) gf, 11 ran.
Light Burst (USA) 7-2 (9-0) Took keen hold, soon chased leader until 3f out, ridden and still green 2f out, stayed on same pace over 1f out, weakened to 4th closing stages, 4th of 8, 7l behind Famous Poet (9-0) at Warwick 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Moataz (USA) 12-1 (9-3) Always in rear, 7th of 8, 19l behind Jinker Noble (9-3) at Warwick 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Mokbil (IRE) Dansili colt out of Chatifa.
Peak Storm 66-1 (9-0) Went left and slowly into stride, in rear outpaced over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 18l behind Factory Time (9-2) at Chepstow 6f 2yo nov stk (4) gf in Jun.
Verse Of Love 4-1 (8-10) Went left start, took keen hold, tracked winner, joined winner 4f out, ridden and battled with winner from 2f out, just held near finish, 2nd of 7, shd behind Always Et Toujours (8-13) at Yarmouth 7f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.