MONTPARNASSE is 10lb lower than when a close-up fifth in this last year. Mark Johnston's gelding hasn't won this year but has gone close on a couple of occasions, including over 2m at Ripon in April, and could be the one today. Cosimo De Medici was given too much to do when fifth to Hollins at Goodwood in July but won over a shorter trip here next time and has to go on the short-list, while French Hollow deserves a try at this higher level having completed his hat-trick ahead of Eshtyaaq and Rosewin at Chester four weeks ago. My Arch has plenty of stamina but Gordonsville doesn't appear the force of old and Haydock winner Palazzo Bianco's stamina has to be taken on trust over this trip, though he does have plenty of scope. Mohanad is consistent but there are probably others better treated at the weights.
Big Occasion (IRE) 11-4fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, headway into 3rd early straight, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong and kept on under pressure, won at Curragh 1m 6f hcp 60-90 in Oct beating Asiya (7-13) by 3/4l, 21 ran.
Dayia (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Close up on outer, pushed along 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 23l behind Keys (9-1) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Jul.
My Arch 14-1 (9-10) In touch, switched center 7f out, ridden and outpaced over 3f out, headway when hung left approaching final furlong, hung right and stayed on towards finish, 4th of 12, 4l behind Cosimo De Medici (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 7f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Aug.
Palomar (USA) 11-8fav (9-9) Pushed along leaving stalls, tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, outpaced and hung right 2f out, no impression after, 4th of 8, 10l behind Porgy (9-13) at Beverley 1m 4f clm stks (6) gd in Jun.
Cosimo De Medici 11-1 (9-1) Slowly away, towards rear, smooth headway 4f out, led overall 2f out, hung left and ran on final furlong, won at Newmarket 1m 7f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Aug beating Downhiller (9-10) by 3 1/2l, 12 ran.
Rosewin (IRE) 4-1 (9-9) Held up in last pair, pushed along over 4f out, not clear run 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 7, 3l behind French Hollow (9-5) at Chester 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Hollins 20-1 (8-10) Led 1f, settled tracking leading trio, led 3f out, ridden over 1f out, joined inside final furlong, stayed on gamely to assert final 50 yards, won at Goodwood 2m 5f hcp 0-95 (2) gd in Jul beating Seaside Sizzler (9-3) by 3/4l, 19 ran.
Gordonsville 22-1 (9-8) Mid-division on inside, headway to lead over 8f out, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, 3rd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Palazzo Bianco (8-8) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Montparnasse (IRE) 4-1 (9-10) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, hard ridden when every chance entering final furlong, kept on well, 3rd of 7, 1/2l behind Shernando (9-10) at Chester 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Mohanad (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Shesha Bear (10-10) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
L Frank Baum (IRE) 20-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 7th of 12, 7l behind Bow To No One (9-10) at York 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Eshtyaaq 11-4fav (9-8) Held up in 4th, took keen hold, headway over 1f out, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, not pace of winner near finish, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind French Hollow (9-5) at Chester 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
French Hollow 9-2 (9-5) Held up in 5th, not clear run 2f out, switched right and headway over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, going away near finish, won at Chester 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug beating Eshtyaaq (9-8) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Secret Tune 40-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, reminder over 8f out, driven along over 4f out, stayed chasing leaders under pressure until no extra inside final 2f, 6th of 9, 14l behind Rockfella (9-4) at Newbury 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Sea Change (IRE) 40-1 (8-7) Close up in 4th, pushed along 5f out, soon lost place, 12th of 16, 36l behind Dazinski (8-13) at York 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug.
Blackmore 4-1fav (9-5) Dwelt held up, never a factor, 10th of 17, 19l behind Dark Ranger (8-7) at York 2m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Dark Ranger 17-2 (8-10) Prominent, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead well over 1f out, soon headed, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Union Island (9-5) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Palazzo Bianco 7-2fav (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, switched right over 1f out, rallied to lead well inside final furlong, kept on, won at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Huff And Puff (9-7) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.