BEENELONG has shown enough so far to make him the pick here; Arabian Flame and Broad Cairn are also entitled to get involved at the finish. Ralph Beckett's 3-year-old has not done a lot wrong so far and he was the subject of strong market support when he finished third behind Son Of The Cat at Goodwood when last seen out. He clearly has plenty of ability and if he has wintered well he should be difficult to beat over this longer trip which should suit. Arabian Flame ran well on his debut but failed to build on that when third behind Awinnersgame back in August. He had some useful sorts in front of him that day, but it will be interesting to see if he take a step in the right direction here. Broad Cairn ran a big race here on his debut behind Whispering Angel, but the draw is far from ideal today and that might just find him out. John Gosden's newcomer Clockmaker should be closely monitored in the market, but for the winner we will return to Beenelong.
Arabian Flame (IRE) 5-2 (8-12) Went right start, led after 1f, set steady pace, ridden and tried to quicken over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Awinnersgame (9-5) at Newmarket 7f 2yo nov stk (4) gf in Aug.
Bennelong 8-11fav (9-3) Chased winner, hard driven and every chance entering final furlong, found no extra, and lost 2nd well inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3/4l behind Son Of The Cat (9-3) at Goodwood 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gs in Oct.
Bridge Of Gold (USA) Giant's Causeway colt out of Lady Doc.
Broad Cairn 20-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up in mid-division, headway over 1f out, green, kept on inside final furlong and went 2nd last stride, 2nd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Whispering Angel (9-3) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Jul.
Clockmaker (IRE) Danetime colt out of Lady Ingabelle.
Do The Strand (IRE) Galileo colt out of Aiming Upwards.
Ghaayer 6-1 (9-3) Ran green and soon behind, last of 13, 30l behind Orizaba (9-3) at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd in May.
King's Masque Noverre gelding out of Top Flight Queen.
Mehendi (IRE) 11-4fav (9-3) Soon in touch, ridden to lead over 2f out, under pressure when headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, nk behind Blue Tango (9-3) at Bath 1m 2yo mdn (5) gs in Oct.
Merdaam 20-1 (9-3) Soon pushed along in rear and struggling, 9th of 10, 9l behind Sans Frontieres (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Sep.
Present Alchemy Cadeaux Genereux colt out of Desert Alchemy.
Quinsman Singspiel colt out of Penny Cross.
Secret Hero 40-1 (9-3) Slowly away, green and well outpaced in rear, ridden over 2f out, no danger, 10th of 14, 10l behind Seek N' Destroy (9-3) at Kempton 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Chic Shanique (USA) 16-1 (8-12) Led early, still in lead 4f out, in front entering straight, soon headed, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Pressing Matters (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Princess Soraya 66-1 (8-7) Mid-division, lost place halfway, in rear after, 10th of 12, 13l behind Purissima (8-12) at Warwick 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct.