Guitar Pete surprisingly failed to confirm Listowel running with Lindenhurst at Gowran last month but bounced back in emphatic style at Down Royal. However, ROYAL IRISH HUSSAR was equally impressive when beating five previous winners in a Listed contest at Wetherby earlier this month and is fancied to complete the hat-trick as Art Mauresque was a little disappointing when beaten at Auteuil last time and has his first start here for Paul Nicholls. Azza has scope but beat little of note at Carlisle and Herod The Great also faces his stiffest task to date. Akdam already looks exposed but Abracadabra Sivola will have learned plenty from his run at Newton Abbot, though may need further than this.
Art Mauresque (FR) (10-3) 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Vicenzo Mio (10-3) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 2f hdl sft in Sep.
Guitar Pete (IRE) 11-4 (11-5) Chased leader in 2nd, challenged 2 out, soon led, pushed out to assert before last, kept on strongly run-in, won at Down Royal 2m 3yo hdl beating Gerdago (10-12) by 7l, 8 ran.
Royal Irish Hussar (IRE) 5-2fav (11-6) Made all, clear before 2 out, ran on strongly, won at Wetherby 2m Listed hdl 3yo (1) gs beating Cadoudoff (11-6) by 14l, 7 ran.
Akdam (IRE) 10-11fav (11-0) Made all, ridden and hard pressed run-in, rallied and held on well towards finish, won at Musselburgh 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd beating Gold Chain (10-5) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
Herod The Great 5-2 (11-5) Made all, clear before 2 out, jumped left last, stayed on well, ridden out, won at Warwick 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs beating Cafe Au Lait (10-12) by 6l, 6 ran.
Azza (FR) 1-6fav (10-12) Made all, clear from 2 out, kept on, won at Carlisle 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) sft in Oct beating Most Honourable (10-12) by 6l, 7 ran.
Abracadabra Sivola (FR) 9-4 (10-12) Behind, reminder before 6th, went 3rd before 2 out, soon ridden, chased winner before last, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Harristown (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Oct.