14:10 Ascot Sat 19 October 2019
Missed all of 2018 but got a win on the board at Meydan at the start of the year and returned from a mid-season absence with a win at Chelmsford last month. Stamina unproven at this trip though and clear career best needed.
Irish Derby winner but hasn't won since a Group 3 success at Naas in April 2018. Cut in the ground will suit but well below his best so far this season.
Dual course winner who put a respectable effort in defeat behind Stradivarius in this year's Doncaster Cup. Well beaten at Longchamp subsequently though and has a fair bit to find back up at this level.
St Leger winner last year and unlucky not to have got his head in front so far this campaign, runner-up in the Irish Leger last time out. Shapes as if this trip could suit but seems at his best on decent ground.
Not the most consistent performer and not getting any younger but has placed in two renewals of the Melbourne Cup. No match for Stradivarius when third in the Doncaster Cup last time though and others make more appeal.
Both his wins have come on heavy ground and has largely been running well so far this year. However, there are no obvious signs he's going to be able to mix it at this level and he was only 10th in the Ebor last time out.
Arrives here bidding to land his fourth win in the space of five starts. Had a bit in hand when winning a Group 3 at Kempton last time out but will need sizable improvement for the step back up in trip.
On a remarkable Group race winning run that was stretched to 10 in the Doncaster Cup last time out. Won this race in good fashion last year and has won four of his five starts at this venue; very hard to beat if near his best.
Six wins from 15 starts and got his head back in front in a Listed race at Newmarket last time out. Useful when allowed to dominate from the front but seen to best effect on quicker ground than what's likely here.
Last Year's Winner
|T: J H M GosdenJ: L Dettori|
Stradivarius (8/13), Kew Gardens (7/2), Withhold (15/2), Royal Line (12/1), Mekong (20/1), Capri (25/1), Bin Battuta (25/1), Max Dynamite (33/1), South Pacific (33/1), Cleonte (40/1)
- Kew Gardens
- Bin Battuta
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