HAVANA GOLD has only suffered one defeat in five outings and that was when his saddle slipped in France. He showed further progress when landing a Group 3 over C&D last week and this valuable prize looks his for the taking on today's favourable terms. A couple of others can also boast three-figure ratings and one of them is the selection's stablemate Tamayuz Star though Ollie Olga looks a bigger danger on her victory in the Prestige Stakes at Goodwood. Listed winner Discernable is not far behind on form and Ghurair was beaten only a length in the Vintage Stakes despite finishing fifth. Mirsaale has plenty to find with the selection and Irish raider Clancy Avenue will need to improve to go close but Newbury winner Race And Status could be anything.
Anna's Pearl 4-7fav (9-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, chased winner final furlong, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Hay Dude (9-0) at Ayr 7f 2yo mdn (4) hvy in Sep.
Banovallum 8-1 (9-3) Made all, hard driven over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Folkestone 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep beating Melvin The Grate (9-3) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Clancy Avenue (USA) 8-1 (9-12) Mid-division, headway into 4th 2f out, ridden to challenge 1f out, strongly pressed winner inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 14, nk behind Angela's Dream (9-8) at Down Royal 7f 2yo hcp in Sep.
Ghurair (USA) 2-1fav (9-0) Held up in touch in 5th, switched sharply right inside final 2f, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, kept on well in closing stages, 5th of 10, 1l behind Olympic Glory (9-3) at Goodwood 7f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Aug.
Global Icon 25-1 (8-9) Mid-division, pushed along halfway, headway and switched right approaching final furlong, ridden and stayed on towards finish, not troubled leaders, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Tamayuz Star (8-11) at Newmarket 6f 2yo aut (2) gf in Sep.
Havana Gold 6-5fav (8-12) Steadied and went right start, held up, headway near side over 2f out, tracked leaders over 1f out, shaken up to challenge and hung left inside final furlong, quickened to lead final 100 yards, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep beating Well Acquainted (8-12) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Living Desert 5-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and hung left over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Lord of The Garter (9-3) at Yarmouth 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Mirsaale 11-1 (9-0) Led, driven and headed narrowly well over 2f out, ridden to lead again over 1f out until entering final furlong, no extra, just held on for 3rd, 3rd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Havana Gold (9-0) at Haydock 1m Listed stks 2yo (1) gf in Sep.
Race And Status (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Went left start, soon chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, led over 1f out, came clear final furlong, stayed on strongly, won at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep beating Bright Strike (9-3) by 2 1/4l, 18 ran.
Tamayuz Star (IRE) 6-5fav (8-11) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to lead towards finish, readily, won at Newmarket 6f 2yo aut (2) gf in Sep beating Zanetto (8-9) by nk, 10 ran.
White Coppice 40-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride in rear, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 8th of 10, 13l behind Tamayuz Star (8-11) at Newmarket 6f 2yo aut (2) gf in Sep.
Discernable 11-1 (8-12) Keen led 1f, tracked leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 6, 7l behind Certify (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2yo fll Grp 1 (1) gd in Sep.
Ollie Olga (USA) 7-2 (8-12) Keen close up, ridden and outpaced 2f out, last of 6, 7l behind Certify (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2yo fll Grp 1 (1) gd in Sep.