Shuruq won a Group 3 here in February but didn't quite manage to make progress subsequently. Steeler is the intriguing entry as the Godolphin colt, who won the Royal Lodge in 2012, hasn't been seen since a close third in the Racing Post Trophy a month later. Daddy Long Legs produced a brilliant performance to land the UAE Derby here in 2012 but has come nowhere near that kind of form subsequently. Stablemate Rerouted won twice here last year and was thought good enough to take on Soft Falling Rain in the Godolphin Mile so he should go well. MUFARRH was conceding Banna Boirche 10lb when beating him a nose in February. He looked a likely winner until fading close home three weeks ago and can go one better with that run under his belt. Champion UAE trainer Ernst Oertel has had his horses in tremendous form over the past few weeks so Capital Attraction is one to keep an eye on while the veteran Barbecue Eddie can never be ruled out and is searching for his ninth victory on the track.
Daddy Long Legs (USA) 16-1 (9-0) Soon led, pushed along and headed over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 3l behind Penitent (9-3) at Newmarket 1m Listed stks (1) sft in Nov.
Brendan Brackan (IRE) 6-5fav (9-12) Led, ridden and challenged 2f out, narrowly headed 1 1/2f out, kept on, no extra closing stages final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Rich Coast (9-7) at Cork 1m Listed stks (1) in Oct.
Samurai Sword 20-1 (9-0) 3rd of 8, 4l behind Surfer (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 3yo stks in Dec.
Capital Attraction (USA) 16-1 (9-0) 10th of 16, 10l behind Soft Falling Rain (8-9) at Meydan(UAE) 1m Group 2 sks (1) in Mar.
Steeler (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Prominent, led 5f out, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on, no impression on winner, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Kingsbarns (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 2yo Grp 1 (1) sft in Oct '12.
Shuruq (USA) 5-1 (8-10) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 23l behind Miss You Too (8-10) at Yarmouth 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) gs in Sep.
Mufarrh (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Surfer (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 3yo stks in Dec.
Empire Storm (GER) (9-2) 5th of 7, 8l behind Belango (9-0) at Baden-Baden(GER) 1m 1f Listed stks (1) sft in Oct.
Rerouted (USA) 14-1 (9-0) 6th of 16, 5l behind Soft Falling Rain (8-9) at Meydan(UAE) 1m Group 2 sks (1) in Mar.
Barbecue Eddie (USA) 3-1 (9-5) 5th of 8, 9l behind Surfer (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 3yo stks in Dec.