MAAREK beat Hawkeyethenoo and Sirius Prospect with Slade Power well behind when landing last year's renewal. Barry Lalor's sprinter arrives fresh from his recent heroics in the Prix de l'Abbaye and looks the one to beat once again. Cape Of Approval couldn't live with the selection at Longchamp last time and Viztoria was also well beaten over 7f at the Arc meeting, albeit by the brilliant Moonlight Cloud. Another Eddie Lynam runner in Balmont Mast scored at the Curragh recently but soft ground is a worry for him and Hoof It would also prefer a faster surface. Jack Dexter will be more at home on today's going and won over 7f at last year's meeting. He makes more appeal than the useful handicappers Heaven's Guest, Mass Rally and Racy.
Balmont Mast (IRE) 5-2fav (9-6) Settled behind leaders on outer and keen hold, ridden into 3rd over 1f out, kept on well to challenge final furlong and led last 50 yards, cosily close home, won at Curragh 6f Listed stks (1) gd beating Angels Will Fall (9-1) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Cape Of Approval (IRE) 25-1 (9-10) 15th of 20, 6l behind Maarek (9-10) at Longchamp(FR) 5f Grp 1 (1) sft.
Excellent Guest 20-1 (8-12) Switched to race stands side, behind, chased leaders when groups merged over 2f out, hung right and outpaced over 1f out, ridden and kept on final furlong, never on terms, 8th of 17, 5l behind Redvers (9-0) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Hawkeyethenoo (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Towards rear center, merged with stand side halfway,ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 17th of 26, 10l behind Highland Colori (8-13) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Hoof It 13-2 (9-1) Tracked leaders, driven 3f out, ridden inside final 2f, kept on under pressure final furlong, went 3rd post, no impression, 3rd of 15, 5l behind Tropics (9-1) at Ascot 6f Grp 3 (1) gs.
Humidor (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Unruley in stalls and slowly away, hampered soon after start, switched left and headway over 1f out, ran on, never nearer, 8th of 19, 5l behind Mass Rally (9-7) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Jack Dexter 8-1 (9-10) Mid-division stand side, ridden over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 26, 2 3/4l behind Highland Colori (8-13) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Maarek 15-2 (9-10) won at Longchamp(FR) 5f Grp 1 (1) sft beating Catcall (9-10) by shd, 20 ran.
Mass Rally (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, outpaced in rear, headway over 2f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, ran on strongly, won at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gd beating Seeking Magic (8-11) by 1 1/2l, 19 ran.
Racy 15-2 (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 2nd of 16, 1l behind Demora (8-11) at Haydock 5f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Sirius Prospect (USA) 11-1 (9-6) Towards rear, driven and some headway on far side rail over 1f out, no impression when not much room inside final furlong, 12th of 17, 6l behind Heaven's Guest (8-13) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gs.
Slade Power (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 13, 3l behind Gordon Lord Byron (9-3) at Haydock 6f Grp 1 (1) gs in Sep.
Heaven's Guest (IRE) 9-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, driven 2f out, ridden and ran on to lead inside final furlong, just held on, won at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gs beating Bertiewhittle (9-0) by nk, 17 ran.
Viztoria (IRE) 9-1 (8-10) 6th of 11, 5l behind Moonlight Cloud (8-12) at Longchamp(FR) 7f Grp 1 (1) sft.