Al Kazeem won a Group 2 on his only start as a four-year-old and is an obvious candidate in this. Ektihaam won on his reappearance last year but didn't really build on a subsequent second in the Dante at York while this is a big step up for the lightly-raced Eagles Peak, who has only won a maiden and a handicap so far. THOMAS CHIPPENDALE won the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot last summer and found the distance beyond him in the St Leger on his final start last year. He's starting off at a realistic level this season and is probably the one to beat as Semayyel's victory in a Listed race at Yarmouth in the autumn was probably a fluke. Dick Doughtywylie won over the trip at Doncaster in September but this is a huge rise in class and Burano often flatters to deceive.
Al Kazeem 15-2 (8-12) In touch, headway 4f out, led entering final 2f, soon hung left, ran on strongly, won at Newmarket 1m 4f Grp 2 (1) gs in May beating Quest For Peace (8-12) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Burano (IRE) 10-11fav (9-7) Steadied start, took keen hold tracked leaders, ridden to challenge when not much room from over 1f out until inside final furlong, driven and stayed on near finish, 2nd of 5, nk behind St Moritz (9-5) at Ripon 1m 2f stks (3) gd.
Dick Doughtywylie 7-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3f out, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, rallied inside final furlong to regain lead last 100 yards, won at Doncaster 1m 2f stks 0-85 (3) gd in Sep beating Keene Dancer (8-8) by nk, 12 ran.
Eagles Peak 7-2 (9-11) Led, headed over 5f out, prominent, every chance 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on gamely, won at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) sft in Sep beating Cubanita (8-12) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Ektihaam (IRE) 11-8fav (8-8) Led after 1f, ridden and headed over 1f out, driven and slightly hampered inside final furlong, rallied towards finish, 2nd of 5, nk behind Primevere (8-9) at Goodwood 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Sep.
Mister Green (FR) 10-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 3l behind Foxhaven (9-2) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Thomas Chippendale (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 17l behind Encke (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 7f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Sep.
Semayyel (IRE) 100-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, headway on inside over 3f out, moderate progress inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 7l behind Sapphire (9-3) at Ascot 1m 4f Grp 2 flls (1) sft in Oct.