Regal Dan, a winner on fast ground at Doncaster in September, was only beaten a length at Newmarket on his reappearance but is 3lb higher here. Shebebi won easily at Beverly last month but SECRET TALENT probably has a bit more scope and, after comfortably getting off the mark in a maiden at Kempton, can double his tally here. Professor and Georgian Bay should both improve for their comeback runs but Pay Freeze and Huntsmans Close may find life tough against race-fit rivals.
Professor 4-1fav (9-7) In rear, headway approaching 2f out, ran on, nearest finish, 4th of 15, 2 1/2l behind Shahdaroba (8-10) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Pay Freeze (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Slowly away, behind, headway and switched sharply left inside final 2f, driven and chased winner final furlong strong challenge and wandered under pressure towards finish, just held, 2nd of 16, hd behind Professor (9-7) at Newbury 6f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Sep.
Georgian Bay (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Led 1f, disputed close 2nd until 4f out, chased leading pair, ridden over 1f out, 3rd and not pace of leading duo final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind One Word More (8-12) at Kempton 1m cond stks (2) pol in Apr.
Regal Dan (IRE) 12-1 (8-8) Held up, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, driven and stayed on to go 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 15, 1l behind Shahdaroba (8-10) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Shebebi (USA) 13-8fav (9-3) Made most, ridden 2f out, clear entering final furlong, ran on, won at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr beating Asgardella (8-13) by 4 1/2l, 5 ran.
Secret Talent 4-5fav (9-1) Made all, pushed along 3f out, quickened clear over 1f out, pushed out, very easily, won at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Apr beating Nelson Quay (9-1) by 7l, 10 ran.
Huntsmans Close 2-1fav (9-3) Taken to post early, made all, pushed out, unchallenged, won at Yarmouth 6f 2yo mdn (5) hvy in Oct beating Maid A Million (8-12) by 4l, 6 ran.