The two Godolphin-owned runners stand out by a country mile on official figures and, if running anywhere near their ratings, should have this race between them. Sahara Kingdom looked potentially smart when winning at Lingfield as a juvenile and posted a decent effort in defeat at Southwell on his belated return when attempting to concede weight to two of his three rivals. He's entitled to come on for that but marginal preference is for the former Australian performer CAYMANS who has form on cut in the ground in his native country and was Group 1 placed in Australia in 2009; his fitness has to be taken on trust but shouldn't be a problem in this day and age although he still has to prove that he retains his ability.
Caymans (AUS) (8-13) 4th of 12, 1l behind Metal Bender (8-13) at Rosehill(AUS) 1m 2f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Mar '09.
Obe One 66-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden and hung left from over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 11l behind Arriva La Diva (10-2) at Ayr 5f am hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jul.
Ours (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, behind, headway under pressure 2f out, carried left and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 16, 3l behind South Cape (9-7) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
West End Lad 12-1 (8-13) Close up, headway to chase leader 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 16, 1l behind South Cape (9-7) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Blakey's Boy 11-2 (9-4) Held up in touch, effort 2f out, soon put head in air, not run on, 4th of 5, 11l behind Rock N Roll Ransom (9-6) at Salisbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Sahara Kingdom (IRE) 11-8fav (9-6) Disputed close 3rd on outside, went 2nd over 2f out, led inside final 2f, narrowly headed entering final furlong, rallied close home, always just held, 2nd of 4, nk behind Kalk Bay (8-7) at Southwell 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) fbs in Oct.
Gypsy Jazz (IRE) 40-1 (8-12) Behind, soon outpaced, never dangerous, 7th of 9, 19l behind Morache Music (8-3) at Newmarket 6f Conditions Stakes (2-3yo) (3) gs in Oct.
Penderyn 33-1 (8-1) Dwelt keen tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 4th of 7, 16l behind Marsh Warbler (8-11) at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo sll (6) hvy in Oct.
Sweet Child O'mine 5-2fav (9-7) Held up in touch in chasing group, ridden to challenge over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 9l behind Sonny Parkin (8-13) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.