Richard Hannon has a stranglehold on this race training six of the last nine winners and Libranno is one of this year's representatives. The latter won a couple of Group races over 7f last season but that looks his optimum trip and he's toting a 4lb penalty in this. Not surprisingly, Richard Hughes prefers stablemate and last year's Craven Stakes winner, TRUMPET MAJOR. The latter added a Group 3 race at Goodwood to his tally later in the season and will appreciate the return to faster ground. Highland Knight was sent off favourite at Doncaster on his comeback but ran nowhere near his best. Better is expected here and he can reverse running with third-paced Stand My Ground while last month's Winter Derby winner, Farraaj, is facing his toughest task to date back over a shorter trip. Both Red Duke and Chil The Kite have plenty to find on today's terms.
Libranno 20-1 (9-0) Raced centre, held up in touch, ridden 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 13th of 15, 11l behind Maarek (9-0) at Ascot 6f Grp 2 (1) sft in Oct.
Chil The Kite (8-11) 8th of 11, 9l behind Don Bosco (9-4) at Saint-cloud(FR) 1m Grp 3 hvy in Nov.
Farraaj (IRE) 6-4fav (9-0) Close up, pushed along and headway 2f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 1m 2f Group 3 (1) pol in Mar beating Robin Hoods Bay (9-0) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Highland Knight (IRE) 11-4fav (8-12) Led, ridden and joined 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, no extra, 5th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Gabrial (8-12) at Doncaster 1m Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gd.
Red Duke (USA) 9-2 (9-1) 3rd of 9, 3l behind Rerouted (9-6) at Meydan(UAE) 7f hcp in Mar.
Stand My Ground (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Keen in touch in rear, ridden 2f out, stayed on towards finish, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Gabrial (8-12) at Doncaster 1m Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gd.
Trumpet Major (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Raced centre close up, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 10, 30l behind Penitent (9-3) at Newmarket 1m Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep.