This depends on the sharpness, or lack of it, of AL KAZEEM, who has won first time back in his last two seasons. Roger Charlton's stable star, a triple Group 1 winner last term with victories in the Eclipse, Prince Of Wales's and Tattersalls Gold Cup, ran better than his finishing position suggests in the Arc on his final start and looks in a different league to these rivals. If he's ready after an unsuccessful spell at stud he should get back on the winning trail. Andre Fabre doesn't send horses to the UK for their health so Triple Threat has to be on the shortlist, especially as he's one of the few horses in France who likes quick ground. Vancouverite, a Group 2 winner at Deauville last term, finished runner-up in the Jebel Hatta at Meydan before a fair effort in the Dubai World Cup though hasn't run subsequently while Nabucco, though up against numerous Group winners, is penalised for a Listed success at Newmarket in November.
Nabucco 11-4 (9-3) Tracked leader, stayed in centre in straight, every chance as groups merged approaching final 2f, ridden and stayed on into 3rd inside final furlong, kept on but not pace of leading duo, 3rd of 7, 2l behind French Navy (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 2f Listed stks (1) sft in May.
Al Kazeem 16-1 (9-5) 6th of 17, 11l behind Treve (8-8) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) sft in Oct.
Amralah (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Led after 1f, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Windhoek (9-5) at Sandown 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gf.
Baltic Knight (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Held up in last trio, headway on outside 2f out, went 2nd and strong challenge inside final furlong, stayed on under pressure, always just held, 2nd of 10, nk behind Custom Cut (9-4) at Windsor 1m Listed stks (1) gs in Jun.
Battle Of Marengo (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) 12th of 15, 6l behind Excellent Result (8-11) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 4f Grp 2 std in Mar.
Out Of Bounds 11-2 (9-2) Led after 1f, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 5, 8l behind Ocean Tempest (9-6) at Windsor 1m Listed stks (1) sft in May.
Sir Walter Scott (IRE) 15-2 (9-0) Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden 2f out, 2nd 1 1/2f out, under pressure in 3rd when slightly hampered 1f out, kept on final furlong to 2nd close home, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Heirloom (9-0) at Curragh 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gd in Oct.
Triple Threat (FR) 20-1 (9-2) 7th of 8, 33l behind Cirrus Des Aigles (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 2f Grp 1 sft in Apr.
Vancouverite 16-1 (9-0) 8th of 16, 12l behind African Story (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 2f fll stks Grp 1 (1) in Mar.
Zaidiyn (FR) (8-12) 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Ederan (8-12) at Saint-Cloud(FR) 1m 4f 4yo stk sft in May.