Deacon Blues came good in this for James Fanshawe last year and SOCIETY ROCK has leading claims this time around if the ground rides no worse than soft. His latest victory in the Group 1 Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock could hardly have worked out any better with runner-up Gordon Lord Byron and sixth-placed Wizz Kid subsequently winning Group 1 events on Arc day at Longchamp. He's taken to confirm running with the latter and go in again. Irish raider Maarek has a shout on his defeat of Starspangledbanner at the Curragh last month and Group 2 7f winner Libranno won't be too inconvenienced by the drop back in trip, although today's going could prove a problem. Jimmy Styles popped up in a Group 3 race at Deauville last time and Frankie gets the leg-up today while the consistent Slade Power should run his usual game race.
Elusivity (IRE) 11-1 (9-5) Raced far side, chased leader, every chance over 1f out, faded final furlong, 9th of 16, 8l behind Face The Problem (9-7) at Haydock 5f hcp 105 (2) hvy in Sep.
Hawkeyethenoo (IRE) 12-1 (9-8) Towards rear far side, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 13th of 26, 8l behind Captain Ramius (9-0) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) hvy in Sep.
Imperial Guest 14-1 (9-7) Raced stand side, behind, headway and hung when groups merged right over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, faded final furlong, 9th of 14, 8l behind Skilful (9-8) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) sft.
Jimmy Styles 12-1 (9-1) won at Deauville(FR) 6f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug beating Gammarth (9-1) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Libranno 7-1 (9-7) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, no extra towards finish, 7th of 11, 7l behind Fulbright (9-1) at Newmarket 7f Grp 2 (1) gs.
Maarek 8-11fav (9-9) Mid-division, 7th and ridden 2f out, headway on outer 1 1/2f out, close 3rd and challenged 1f out, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Katla (9-1) at Curragh 6f Listed stks (1) hvy.
Medicean Man 20-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden when not clear run over 1f out, switched left and not clear run entering final furlong, ran on final 100 yards, ran out of room towards finish, never able to challenge, 8th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Caledonia Lady (8-9) at Sandown 5f Grp 3 (1) gs in Jul.
Royal Rock 10-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, soon beaten, 6th of 11, 5l behind Mince (8-11) at Ascot 6f Grp 3 (1) sft.
Sirius Prospect (USA) 9-1 (9-7) Slowly away, behind, bumped over 2f out, not clear run over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Regal Parade (9-3) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) sft.
Society Rock (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Mid-division on inside, driven and headway inside final 2f, ridden to lead narrowly inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Haydock 6f Grp 1 (1) fm in Sep beating Gordon Lord Byron (9-3) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
The Cheka (IRE) 9-1 (9-10) Mid-division far side, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 16th of 26, 10l behind Captain Ramius (9-0) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) hvy in Sep.
Slade Power (IRE) 11-4 (9-4) Tracked leaders, 5th on outer halfway, good headway to challenge 1f out, ridden and kept on well to lead final 50 yards, won at Fairyhouse 6f Listed stks (1) sft in Jul beating Arctic (9-7) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Van Ellis 9-2 (8-13) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden inside final 2f, lost 2nd approaching final furlong, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 6l behind Scarf (9-2) at Newbury 7f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Sep.
Wizz Kid (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) won at Longchamp(FR) 5f Grp 1 (1) gs beating Mayson (9-10) by nk, 18 ran.
Restiadargent (FR) 9-4fav (8-8) 6th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Jimmy Styles (9-1) at Deauville(FR) 6f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.