STEELE TANGO has been in terrific form in Dubai and also has a formidable record over this C&D, winning in this grade as a four-year-old and finishing second in the Darley Stakes here in October. Roger Teal's charge is fancied to improve on last year's fourth in this race when in obvious need of the run. Polytechnicien has already won at Deauville and Saint-Cloud this year but has a penalty to carry here and more interesting is the lightly-raced Elusive Pimpernel, who won the Craven Stakes at this meeting last year and finished fifth in the 2000 Guineas on his only subsequent start. Forte Dei Marmi goes well fresh and is another with claims, while Jet Away looks the pick of Henry Cecil's pair though has yet to prove himself at this level.
Polytechnicien (USA) (8-9) won at Saint-Cloud(FR) 1m 2f Grp 3 in Mar beating Cirrus Des Aigles (9-2) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Balducci 14-1 (8-11) Held up behind, headway on stands side rail over 2f out, ridden to chase leading pair over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Kingsfort (8-11) at Newmarket 1m Listed stks (1) gs in Oct.
Bullet Train 5-1 (8-11) Tracked winner, ridden over 3f out, soon carried head awkwardly, not looked resolute, weakened final furlong, last of 5, 8l behind Holberg (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gf in Sep.
Elusive Pimpernel (USA) 9-2 (9-0) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 5th of 19, 3 1/2l behind Makfi (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf in May.
Forte Dei Marmi 4-1fav (9-10) Held up in rear, not clear run from over 3f out until headway and switched left just over 1f out, soon picked up well, ran on strongly to lead close home, won at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in Sep beating Elliptical (9-1) by nk, 18 ran.
Jet Away 6-1 (8-11) Took keen hold, held up in touch, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 7, 14l behind Waseet (8-11) at York 1m 2f cond Stakes (3) gs in Oct.
Ransom Note 16-1 (9-9) Towards rear of mid-division, driven 2f out, never on terms, 18th of 35, 12l behind Credit Swap (8-7) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Steele Tango (USA) 7-2fav (9-6) won at Meydan(UAE) 1m 2f hcap gd in Mar beating Enak (9-4) by shd, 11 ran.
World Heritage (8-13) last of 10, 12l behind Akarlina (8-9) at Maisons-laffitte(FR) 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gs in Sep.