Dinkum Diamond is among the class acts here having finished a close third to Deacon Blues in a Group 3 at Newbury in the autumn. He has to concede weight to all of his rivals, however, on ground that is probably a little softer than ideal. Tax Free has been a grand servant to the Nicholls yard but isn't getting any younger and usually needs a run or two to put him straight while Johnny Mudball has a long absence to overcome. TRIPLE ASPECT didn't manage a win last year but kept very good company and a reproduction of his fifth in the Duke Of York Stakes or subsequent second to Bated Breath at Windsor would suffice here.
Dinkum Diamond (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Raced keenly in touch, effort 2f out, soon ridden, outpaced when not much room 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 10, 7l behind Royal Rock (9-1) at Ascot 6f Grp 3 (1) gd in Oct.
Tax Free (IRE) 20-1 (9-8) Towards rear stand side, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 13th of 24, 5l behind Cheveton (8-11) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) sft in Sep.
Foxy Music 40-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, 14th of 20, 7l behind Steps (8-10) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Oct.
Jonny Mudball 4-1 (9-2) last of 11, 5l behind Inxile (8-13) at Longchamp(FR) 5f Grp 3 (1) gd in May.
Triple Aspect (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Held up in touch, ridden and unable to quicken entering final 2f, no chance after, 5th of 10, 5l behind Night Carnation (8-9) at Sandown 5f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jul.
Liberty Lady (IRE) 28-1 (9-4) In touch, ridden 2f out, no impression on leaders, 7th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Medicean Man (9-5) at Ascot 5f hcp (2) gd in Jul.