A couple of strong challengers from Ireland could play leading roles in this. Dark Crusader has already made one successful raid when picking up the Melrose at York in August though her compatriot Dabadiyan makes more appeal. His winning run came to end on the Polytrack at Dundalk last time but this longer trip will suit and he's likely to give GREATWOOD plenty to think about. The latter found life tough in Group 2 company before posting a much better effort at Doncaster last time and Luca Cumani's charge will relish this greater test of stamina. Great Hall came up well short in the St Leger last time but this is more his level and he's another to consider with the remainder having a bit more to find in this company.
Dabadiyan (IRE) 11-10fav (9-7) Soon 2nd, dropped to 3rd on inner before halfway, ridden in 2nd 2f out, kept on same pace without reaching winner over 1f out, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Afonso De Sousa (9-1) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo stks pol in Sep.
Goodwood Mirage (IRE) 7-2fav (9-4) Slow into stride in rear, switched right over 2f out, headway over 1f out, effort inside final furlong, stayed on near finish, 2nd of 9, hd behind Sula Two (8-10) at Newbury 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Sep.
Great Hall 20-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 15l behind Leading Light (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 7f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gs in Sep.
Greatwood 5-1 (9-3) Towards rear, headway on outer over 4f out, close up, ridden to lead briefly approaching final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 9, nk behind Forgotten Hero (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gs in Sep.
Nichols Canyon 8-1 (8-12) Led, pushed along 4f out, joined 3f out, soon headed, weakened 2f out, soon eased, tailed off, last of 7, 27l behind Telescope (8-12) at York 1m 4f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Aug.
Refectory (IRE) 4-9fav (9-5) Always prominent, led 3f out, ridden clear from over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Haydock 1m 4f mdn stks (5) sft in Sep beating Copybook (9-0) by 9l, 7 ran.
Shwaiman (IRE) 9-4fav (8-2) Held up in rear, pushed along briefly 4f out, headway on outside over 2f out, challenged and every chance over 1f out, stayed on same pace and not pace of winner final furlong, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Camborne (10-0) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-110 (2) gs in Sep.
Dark Crusader (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, smooth headway over 2f out, driven over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on, won at York 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft in Aug beating Dashing Star (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.