Australian import Starspangledbanner makes his debut for Aidan O'Brien today and the dual Grade 1 winner in his native country has to be given every consideration on his debut in the UK but he does have a penalty to carry and has to give weight away all round so he may be best watched with preference for MAIN AIM, who gets the vote ahead of Mullionmileanhour. The selection was highly tried last term but equipped himself well in the highest grade by finishing a close up fourth in the Queen Anne and finding just Fleeting Spirit too good in the July Cup, form on which he looks worth supporting on his reappearance receiving weight from Starspangledbanner. Inxile was a game winner at Doncaster of the Cammidge Trophy last time and has to be considered being trained by David Nicholls but this is tougher, while John Gosden's Showcasing showed progressive form as a juvenile and now makes his debut at the age of three and he has to be respected. Peter Chapple-Hyam's Sayif won well in this grade in the Diadem Stakes at Ascot when last seen in September and he has claims if ready for his reappearance but a better bet looks to be Main Aim, who can make a winning return.
Starspangledbanner (AUS) 15-2 (8-6) 3rd of 19, 1 1/4l behind Wanted (8-2) at Flemington(AUS) 6f Grp 1 hcp sft in Mar.
Sayif (IRE) 11-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, led just inside final 2f, pushed along, in command and ran on well final furlong, won at Ascot 6f Grp 2 (1) gf in Sep beating Tamagin (9-0) by 2 1/2l, 14 ran.
Damien (IRE) 11-4fav (9-0) Dwelt, in rear, close enough, ridden and headway 1f out, driven to challenge inside final furlong, stayed on, always held, 2nd of 7, nk behind Markab (9-0) at Thirsk 6f stks (2) gf in Apr.
Doncaster Rover (USA) 7-2 (9-5) Soon pushed along in rear, ridden 2f out, stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, never going pace of leaders, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Equiano (9-5) at Newmarket 6f Listed stks (1) gf in Apr.
Edge Closer 12-1 (9-3) Raced slighlty away from main field, led 1f, remained with leader, hung right from halfway, ridden over 1f out, weakened and heavily eased final furlong, 6th of 8, 17l behind High Standing (9-3) at Newbury 6f Grp 3 (1) sft in Jul.
Inxile (IRE) 17-2 (9-5) Made all, ridden and pressed from over 1f out, driven inside final furlong, held on gamely, won at Doncaster 6f Listed stks (1) sft in Mar beating Prime Defender (9-2) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Judd Street 33-1 (9-0) 6th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Joy And Fun (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 6f Grp 3 (1) gf in Mar.
Main Aim 5-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden 3f out, effort over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 1 1/2l behind Arabian Gleam (9-3) at Newmarket 7f Grp 2 (1) gd in Oct.
Mullionmileanhour (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Mid-division, pushed along halfway, ridden and headway over 1f out, chased winner entering final furlong, gaining near finish, just failed, 2nd of 8, shd behind Equiano (9-5) at Newmarket 6f Listed stks (1) gf in Apr.
Prime Defender 3-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, stayed on to lead well inside final furlong, won at Haydock 6f cond Stakes (2) gf beating Redford (9-0) by 1l, 7 ran.
Anglezarke (IRE) 6-4fav (9-0) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out soon one pace, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Gilt Edge Girl (9-0) at Bath 5f fll lst stks (1) fm in Apr.
Showcasing 2-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3f out, every chance 1f out, not quicken well inside final furlong, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 5, 1l behind Awzaan (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gf in Oct.