First Mohican has his sights lowered after contesting a Group 2 at Deauville last month but the class act may be SHARESTAN. Soft ground is no problem for the Godolphin gelding and, though he hasn't raced since running at the Dubai World Cup meeting is March, it's unlikely fitness will be either. Hajras and Media Hype have an even longer absence to overcome but Clon Brulee won at Doncaster last week, though steps out handicap company for the first time here. Willie The Whipper was sixth in the French Derby in June and won twice in heavy ground last year but made no impression in the Great Voltigeur at York last month and may need further than this while Romantic Settings has disappointed the last twice.
Clon Brulee (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Chased leaders on outside, went 2nd inside final 2f, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, stayed on to lead final 100 yards, won at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-110 (2) gs beating Tha'ir (9-4) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
First Mohican 12-1 (9-3) 8th of 11, 7l behind Tres Blue (8-6) at Deauville(FR) 1m 4f Grp 2 gs in Aug.
Fort Belvedere 16-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 9th of 10, 32l behind Hi There (8-13) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) sft.
Hajras (IRE) 11-4fav (8-12) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway on outer over 1f out, chased winner and edged left 1f out, kept on on pace, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Mull Of Killough (9-8) at Newmarket 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Nov.
Media Hype 3-1 (9-6) Led early, tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on strongly, won at Kempton 1m 4f Listed stks (1) pol in Nov beating Roxy Flyer (9-1) by 4l, 9 ran.
Sharestan (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) 9th of 11, 12l behind St Nicholas Abbey (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Willie The Whipper 10-1 (8-12) Slowly away, well in rear, pushed along and struggling 4f out, never involved, 5th of 7, 9l behind Telescope (8-12) at York 1m 4f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Aug.
Romantic Settings 20-1 (8-10) In touch on inside, ridden and outpaced inside final 2f, soon lost place, weakened inside final furlong, 12th of 14, 5l behind Excellent Result (9-0) at Ascot 1m 4f Handicap (Heritage) (3yo) (2) gd.