Ralph Beckett's San Cassiano did not progress as much as may have been anticipated from his debut success at Kempton when third in a conditions race at Salisbury last time and he looks best watched in a race where the vote goes to HOT PROSPECT, who gets verdict ahead of Frozen Power. The son of Oasis Dream looks the pick of Saeed Bin Suroor's three runners ahead of Black Snowflake and Namecheck and he should appreciate the drop to a listed race having been outclassed in the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot last time. Black Snowflake, the mount of Ahmed Ajtebi, has twice been beaten in this grade before, while stable companion Namecheck is less exposed after just two starts but probably did not beat much when justifying odds of 2/5 favourite when landing a Beverley maiden last time. Tom Dascombe's Party Doctor has a similar profile to Black Snowflake and is likely to find at least one too good with Hot Prospect taken to beat him and the rest of the field.
Frozen Power (IRE) 7-2fav (8-12) Soon pressing leader, every chance inside final 2f, unable to quicken when hampered over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 12l behind Joshua Tree (8-12) at Ascot 1m 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep.
Art Excellence 7-2fav (9-3) Close up, led over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, driven out, won at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol beating Magnetic Force (9-3) by hd, 13 ran.
Astonishment (IRE) 11-2fav (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Freeforaday (8-11) at Newbury 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Black Snowflake (USA) (9-2) 4th of 5, 8l behind Behkabad (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 2yo Grp 3 sft in Sep.
Hot Prospect 8-15fav (9-3) Made most, edged left and pushed out final furlong, unchallenged, won at Sandown 1m 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep beating Morana (9-3) by 2l, 9 ran.
Namecheck (GER) 2-5fav (9-3) Tracked leader, led 2f out, pushed clear 1f out, comfortable, won at Beverley 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep beating Battle Study (9-3) by 6l, 8 ran.
Party Doctor 9-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden and effort over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 2l behind Elusive Pimpernel (9-0) at York 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Aug.
San Cassiano (IRE) 5-2fav (8-12) Tracked leader, led 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, edged right and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3l behind Mon Cadeaux (9-1) at Salisbury 6f 2yo stks (2) gf in Sep.
Tominator 4-1fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, headway on inside 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, stayed on well towards finish, won at Catterick 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep beating Gold Fix (8-7) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Top Spin (IRE) 100-1 (9-1) Soon chased leaders, ridden early straight, no impression from 2f out, 7th of 9, 10l behind St Nicholas Abbey (9-1) at Curragh 1m 2yo stks G2 gd in Sep.
Gallic Star (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Tracked leading trio, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, never going pace to challenge, 4th of 7, 4l behind Pollenator (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 2yo fll Grp 2 (1) gf in Sep.