Halicarnassus is best in at the weights judged by official BHA ratings but he disappointed in his last two starts in Dubai and may be best watched today in a race that is taken to go to PREMIO LOCO, who gets the verdict ahead of Suits Me. Tom Tate's gelding has shown much improved form of late, progressing from handicaps into Listed company and he has to be respected in this grade, although he is closely matched with Re Barolo on their running here last month. Kandidate is not as good as once was but is still capable, while Ralph Beckett's Without A Prayer ran better in his last two starts in Dubai and has claims if able to reproduce a similar level of form here. Richard Hannon's Scintillo was good value for his win in a Listed race at Kempton last time and has claims along with John Gosden's Bronze Cannon, who is less exposed than most of these. Several have chances in the Winter Derby but it is hard to get away from Premio Loco, who has won his two races this term in good fashion and a reproduction of form shown in either race may well suffice.
Bronze Cannon (USA) 5-2fav (8-12) In touch, effort over 1f out, 3rd inside final furlong, no extra and lost 2 places near finish, 5th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Yahrab (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f lst stk (1) pol in Nov.
Docofthebay (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) 9th of 10, 9l behind Pompeyano (8-7) at Nad Al Sheba 1m 2f hcp 0-110 gf in Feb.
Halicarnassus (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) 4th of 12, 9l behind Presvis (9-2) at Nad Al Sheba 1m 2f hcp gf in Feb.
Internationaldebut (IRE) 3-1 (9-4) Close up, chased leaders over 2f out, lost 3rd and weakened well inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 3l behind Al Muheer (9-4) at W'hampton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Kandidate 6-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, effort approaching 2f out, staying on same pace when short of room well inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 2l behind Re Barolo (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f lst stk (1) pol in Feb.
Mahadee (IRE) 13-2 (9-6) Started slowly, towards rear, steady headway from over 1f out, kept on well final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 13, 2l behind Flipando (9-3) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-105 (2) pol.
Premio Loco (USA) 4-5fav (9-0) Led to post, close up on outer, effort 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, ridden and ran on well, won at Kempton 1m lst stk (1) pol in Feb beating Philario (9-0) by 2l, 8 ran.
Re Barolo (IRE) 7-4fav (9-0) Raced in last place, in touch, ridden 2f out, sustained run to lead post, won at Lingfield 1m 2f lst stk (1) pol in Feb beating Suits Me (9-3) by a nk, 5 ran.
Scintillo 11-8fav (9-0) Steadied start, tracked clear leading pair, closed over 4f out, smooth headway between horses 2f out, led over 1f out, shaken up and quickened clear final furlong, won at Kempton 1m 4f lst stk (1) pol beating Baylini (8-11) by 3 1/2l, 5.
Suits Me 2-1 (9-3) Set steady pace, quickened 2f out, ridden and edged right inside final furlong, caught post, 2nd of 5, nk behind Re Barolo (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f lst stk (1) pol in Feb.
Without A Prayer (IRE) 10-3fav (9-0) 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Charlie Cool (8-7) at Nad Al Sheba 1m 2f hcp 0-110 gf in Feb.
Baylini 33-1 (8-11) Held up last, stayed on down outside to chase leading pair 1f out, went 2nd near finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Scintillo (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f lst stk (1) pol.