Al Waab may have needed her first run of the campaign and she can leave that form behind but ROYAL EMPIRE can justify Godolphin's decision to keep him in training. The four-year-old flopped badly on his last start in Dubai and connections have clearly given him plenty of time to get over any ailments that had come to light. Ocean War has seen his racecourse appearances limited by training troubles and he brings 2011 Derby form to the table. A Listed winner at Newmarket prior to his visit to Epsom, he is closely watched in the market. Richard Hughes may have been booked to ride Mobaco with the aim of being a calming influence in the saddle. The Group 3 winner has raced far too keenly to do himself justice on his two British starts. Dick Doughtywylie ran a fair race at Sandown when tried at this level although official figures suggest him as having a bit to find on this occasion.
Black Spirit (USA) 16-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, hung right from 2f out, no progress, 8th of 11, 13l behind Mandour (9-5) at Sandown 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf.
Dick Doughtywylie 50-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, chased leader until 1f out, chased leading pair until final 120 yards, weakened soon after, 6th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Mandour (9-5) at Sandown 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf.
Mobaco (FR) 16-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 11th of 15, 9l behind Forgotten Voice (9-2) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gf in Jun.
Ocean War 16-1 (9-2) Dwelt, mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, weakened towards finish, 8th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Forgotten Voice (9-2) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gf in Jun.
Royal Empire 1-2fav (9-6) last of 11, 15l behind Quick Wit (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 2f hcp fst in Mar.
Al Waab (IRE) 11-4 (8-12) Tracked leading pair until ridden and beaten 2f out, last of 4, 11l behind Montiridge (8-12) at Sandown 1m Listed stks 3yo (1) gs in May.