Luca Cumani took last year's renewal with Drunken Sailor and is represented by the highest rated horse in today's field, IBICENCO. Formerly with Jens Hirschberger in Germany, he was placed in Group races behind the likes of Meandre and Campanologist last term and may well be good enough to land this on his UK debut. Nehaam ended last season with a fourth behind Fame And Glory at Ascot and makes more appeal than winning handicapper Hawaafez, who wears his owners second colours, while Junoob and Dreamspeed will need the principals to run below par if they're to get involved. Winning hurdler Meganisi will pick up some prize money wherever he finishes but it's unlikely to be in the first three.
Junoob 9-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway 3f out, went 3rd over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 5, 3/4l behind Eternal Heart (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 4f stks (2) gd in Apr.
Dreamspeed (IRE) 9-4 (9-0) In touch, ridden 3f out, stayed on same pace, 6th of 12, 7l behind Cheetah (8-9) at Kempton 1m 4f Listed stks (1) pol in Nov '10.
Ibicenco (GER) (8-11) 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Campanologist (9-6) at Cologne(GER) 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) sft in Sep.
Meganisi (IRE) (8-9) 7th of 8, 14l behind Delrock (8-5) at San Siro(ITY) 1m 4f 3yo stk gd in May '10.
Nehaam 12-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden to go 3rd over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, lost 3rd post, 4th of 10, 1 1/2l behind Fame And Glory (9-0) at Ascot 2m Grp 3 (1) gd in Oct.
Hawaafez 7-2fav (9-1) In touch, gradually came to stand side from 8f out, led overall over 2f out, clear over 1f out, comfortable, won at Newmarket 1m 4f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gd in Oct beating Moment of Time (9-5) by 7l, 11 ran.