Afonso De Sousa drops back in trip after a third in Group 3 company at Dundalk while Tales Of Grimm came good in a conditions race at Newbury last time beating French Navy a head. The latter wears Godolphin's second colours behind Kassiano, who has every chance on his earlier second to Hunter's Light at Meydan. A line through the latter brings German raider FEUERBLITZ into the equation and Michael Figge's charge gets the vote after returning to something like his best when landing a Listed race at Strasbourg last time. Tullius goes well fresh but the veteran Premio Loco and Boom And Bust were both well beaten behind Soft Falling Rain here last time. The progressive Short Squeeze has won a hat-trick of handicaps and takes on better rivals today.
Farraaj (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Pulled,4wd 1/2,wkened, 11th of 13, 19l behind Game On Dude (8-12) at Del Mar(USA) 1m 2f 3yo stks (1) in Aug.
Boom And Bust (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Raced centre, chased leaders, effort over 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 11l behind Soft Falling Rain (9-3) at Newmarket 1m Grp 2 (1) gf in Sep.
Bronze Angel (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) In touch stands side, ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, 23rd of 31, 20l behind Educate (9-9) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Chapter Seven 16-1 (9-6) Restless in stalls, held up in mid-division on outside, headway over 3f out, soon pushed along, chased leaders 2f out, led inside final furlong, headed and not quicken final 150 yards, kept on, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Haafaguinea (8-6) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) sft in Sep.
Feuerblitz (GER) 5-2fav (8-12) won at Strasbourg(FR) 1m 2f Listed stks (1) hvy in Sep beating Nicolosio (8-13) by 2l, 12 ran.
French Navy 5-4fav (9-6) Took keen hold tracked leaders, headway to lead over 2f out, ridden and headed well inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, nk behind Tales Of Grimm (8-11) at Newbury 1m 1f cond Stakes (3) sft in Sep.
Gabrial (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Keen held up, ridden and headway 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Grandeur (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Sep.
Highland Knight (IRE) 4-1 (9-9) Led, joined 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 6, 3l behind Mister Music (8-13) at Bath 1m cond Stakes (3) gd in Sep.
Kassiano (GER) 10-11fav (9-3) Took keen hold, held up in last trio, closed on outside 3f out, ridden to challenge 2f out, soon ridden and no impression, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 6l behind Camborne (9-3) at Newbury 1m 3f Grp 3 (1) sft in Sep.
Premio Loco (USA) 16-1 (9-3) Raced centre, behind, outpaced over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Soft Falling Rain (9-3) at Newmarket 1m Grp 2 (1) gf in Sep.
Proud Chieftain 33-1 (9-2) Held up in rear stands side, headway over 1f out, not clear run inside final furlong, never nearer, 9th of 31, 6l behind Educate (9-9) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Tales Of Grimm (USA) 6-1 (8-11) Held up in touch in rear, headway over 2f out, chased leader over 1f out, ridden to lead well inside final furlong, won at Newbury 1m 1f cond Stakes (3) sft in Sep beating French Navy (9-6) by nk, 6 ran.
Tullius (IRE) 11-4 (9-0) Tracked leaders, bumped over 6f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led entering final furlong, carried head awkwardly and wanting to hang right, kept on, won at Salisbury 1m Grp 3 (1) gs in Aug '12 beating Sovereign Debt (8-8) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Afonso De Sousa (USA) 5-4fav (9-3) Attempted to make all, keen hold, raced a little away from rail, pressed 2f out, headed from 1 1/2f out, no impression inside final furlong and dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Parish Hall (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 3f Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1) pol.
Amralah (IRE) 10-3 (8-7) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, went 2nd and edged right over 5f out, led over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, held on well, won at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep beating Urban Dance (9-6) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Fantastic Moon 15-2 (9-3) Tracked winner until ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 4, 10l behind Montiridge (9-6) at Newmarket 1m Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Jul.
Short Squeeze (IRE) Evensfav (8-11) Pulled hard in mid-division, headway over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, driven to lead over 1f out, drew clear inside final furlong, easily, won at Haydock 1m hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep beating Balty Boys (8-13) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Pavlosk (USA) 6-4fav (8-9) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and no impression over 1f out, plugged on to one paced 4th inside in closing stages, 4th of 7, 5l behind City Style (9-5) at York 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gs in Aug.