Paul Hanagan has chosen the returning Shaishee ahead of the racefit Moortahan, third at Kempton last month. Charlie Hills' colt looks likely to go well on that evidence but Mac's Superstar had the superior form last year. The latter was beaten only a head at Kempton in November and the winner subsequently won a handicap. HANZADA also went close in both outings last term including a third to Shuruq in October. The latter went on to win the UAE Oaks in Dubai and Ed Dunop's filly gets the nod on her return. Living Desert looks best of the rest on his fifth in Listed company back in July.
Declamation (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, edged right over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 13l behind Big Johnny D (10-0) at Newcastle 7f mdn stks (5) gd.
Kasbhom 40-1 (8-13) In rear, no chance when badly hampered well over 1f out, 10th of 12, 11l behind Endorsing (8-13) at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Mar.
Living Desert 80-1 (9-3) Close up, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 37l behind Ghurair (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo aut (2) sft in Oct.
Mac's Superstar (FR) 9-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, driven to challenge over 2f out, soon every chance, led inside final furlong, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 13, hd behind Mystical Sapphire (8-12) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Nov.
Messila Star 11-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 10l behind Music Master (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 3yo mdn (4) gd.
Moortahan 15-8fav (8-13) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, soon hard ridden, no extra final furlong, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Country Western (8-13) at Kempton 7f mdn stks (4) pol in Mar.
Shaishee (USA) 11-1 (9-3) Dwelt, soon in touch, ridden and stayed on same pace final 2f, 6th of 18, 7l behind Race And Status (9-3) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep.
Candy Kitten Assertive filly out of Birthday Venture.
Hanzada (USA) 4-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, challenged 2f out, ridden and stayed on same pace in 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Shuruq (9-0) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Oct.