Brouhaha could have a say in this race if returning to his best form and that could happen after displaying some improved efforts recently and his yard back in the winners. This time though the vote has to go to DESERT RECLUSE after Pat Eddery's runner was only just denied in a better race at Ascot from which have come some very strong form-lines. Record Breaker usually runs his race but might be high in the weights while Proud Times has won his only start at this venue but he's been well held off this rating the last twice. Mystery Star has also won his only run here but will need to improve to get the better of Desert Recluse.
Mystery Star (IRE) 40-1 (9-2) Tracked leading trio on outside, weakened 3f out, soon lost touch, tailed off, last of 7, 40l behind Waseet (8-11) at York 1m 2f cond Stakes (3) gs.
Record Breaker (IRE) 13-2 (9-4) Held up in touch, ridden over 3f out soon outpaced, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 9l behind Harlestone Times (8-4) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Sep.
Proud Times (USA) 16-1 (9-3) Held up in 4th, driven to chase leading pair over 3f out, effort when bumped 2f out, ridden and not much room over 1f out, switched right and kept on under pressure inside final furlong, no impression, 4th of 9, 5l behind Herculean (8-11) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Sep.
Desert Recluse (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Held up in touch, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd well inside final furlong, not able to reach winner, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Ermyn Lodge (8-12) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Sep.
Brouhaha 20-1 (9-10) Behind, headway over 1f out, ran on, never nearer, 6th of 14, 3l behind Hendersyde (9-11) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.