Camelot's reputation has taken a bit of a battering since he completed the Epsom/Curragh Derby double a year ago and he was put firmly in his place by AL KAZEEM in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh last month, despite the presence of pacemaker Windsor Palace. We can see no obvious reason why Aidan O'Brien's colt should reverse that form here with Roger Charlton's lightly-raced five-year-old, who is finally beginning to justify his trainer's high opinion of him. The latter gets a confident vote in this as he is less exposed than Jonathan Pease's Maxios, though the French raider has done very little wrong this season having run at the highest level and won twice at Longchamp. The Fugue is a high-class filly and has been given plenty of time to recover from a rough race in Breeders' Cup Fillies And Mares Turf at Santa Anita in November where she would probably had won if she hadn't been trapped on the rails. She'll be ready for this and makes more appeal than globe-trotting Red Cadeaux and Brigadier Gerard Stakes winner Mukhadram.
Afsare 11-2 (9-0) Split 1/4, shifted 4wd, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Little Mike (9-0) at Arlington(USA) 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gd in Aug.
Al Kazeem 9-4 (9-3) Settled in 4th, headway on outer early straight and travelled best to challenge over 1f out, led 150 yards out and kept on well, won at Curragh 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gf in May beating Camelot (9-3) by 1 1/2l, 4 ran.
Camelot 4-11fav (9-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, headway to lead 2f out and soon ridden, strongly pressed 1f out and headed 150 yards, no impression on winner and kept on same pace under pressure, 2nd of 4, 1 1/2l behind Al Kazeem (9-3) at Curragh 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gf in May.
Maxios 10-3 (9-2) won at Longchamp(FR) 1m 1f 3yo Grp 1 (1) sft in May beating Planteur (9-2) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Miblish 5-1 (9-0) Stumbled start, took keen hold tracking leading pair, pushed along 3f out, driven and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Mukhadram (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gs in May.
Mukhadram 3-1 (9-0) Made all, set decent pace, 3 lengths lead over 1f out, diminishing advantage towards finish, always holding on, unchallenged, won at Sandown 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gs in May beating Main Sequence (9-0) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Red Cadeaux (9-0) 8th of 13, 7l behind Military Attack (9-0) at Kranji(SNG) 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gd in May.
Saint Baudolino (IRE) 2-1fav (8-13) 4th of 12, 6l behind Hunter's Light (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 1f Group 2 sks (1) in Feb.
Side Glance 33-1 (9-0) 4th of 12, 7l behind Animal Kingdom (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 2f fll stks Grp 1 (1) in Mar.
Windsor Palace (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Soon led, pushed along entering straight and headed 2f out, soon no extra under pressure in 3rd, 3rd of 4, 11l behind Al Kazeem (9-3) at Curragh 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gf in May.
The Fugue 16-10fav (8-8) Blocked 1/4-1/8,stdied, 3rd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Zagora (8-12) at Santa Anita(USA) 1m 2f flls Grp 1 (1) gd in Nov.