Averroes ran surprisingly well to finish fourth in this a year ago and has subsequently performed over trips too short. CAVALRYMAN ran in the Sheema Classic last year but has been racing at around this trip subsequently. He's a genuine stayer at this level and higher and, after a fair run in the Melbourne Cup, he made a very satisfactory reappearance over a trip too short on Super Saturday so looks the one to be on. Ahzeemah won the recognised trial when Star Empire, Tenenbaum and Saddler's Rock were all close behind. That race was run at a crawl and the latter may come out best this time with a stronger pace likely. Imperial Monarch hasn't had much experience and is just the type to make progress this season. He landed the Group 1 Grand Prix De Paris on soft ground in July and looks potentially a top-class stayer. Verema is also a decent staying prospect who landed a Group 3 at Longchamp in Septem
Imperial Monarch (IRE) 9-5fav (8-7) 3w4w,gamely to wire, 6th of 11, 4l behind Joshua Tree (9-0) at Woodbine(USA) 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) gd in Oct.
Ahzeemah (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) won at Meydan(UAE) 1m 6f Grp 3 fst beating Certerach (9-2) by nk, 10 ran.
Cavalryman 7-1 (9-0) 3rd of 8, 3/4l behind Jakkalberry (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 4f Grp 2 (1) gd.
Seismos (IRE) (9-8) 4th of 14, 5l behind Jetfire (8-10) at Toulouse(FR) 1m 4f stks sft in Dec.
Jutland (8-13) won at Abu Dhabi(UAE) 1m 3f Grp 3 gf, 8 ran.
Verema (FR) 15-2 (8-6) 4th of 9, 7l behind Les Beaufs (8-9) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 7f stk (1) gd in Oct.
Saddler's Rock (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) 5th of 10, 7l behind Ahzeemah (8-11) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 6f Grp 3 fst.
Tenenbaum 5-2fav (8-11) 4th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Ahzeemah (8-11) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 6f Grp 3 fst.
Averroes (IRE) (8-13) 9th of 14, 9l behind Malthouse (8-13) at Abu Dhabi(UAE) 1m 3f cond Stakes gf in Feb.
Star Empire (SAF) 5-1 (9-2) 3rd of 10, 1l behind Ahzeemah (8-11) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 6f Grp 3 fst.