Winning hurdler Diamond's Return makes his debut on the Flat but may find a couple of these too quick over the trip. He's A Striker is certainly consistent but probably lacks the scope of some of today's rivals while Flashheart disappointed at Newmarket in October after a promising start at Newbury. Tinghir didn't run badly over the distance at HQ following a second at Kempton, however, while there are possibilities about Luca Cumani's newcomer Sleeping Giant. But MUSIKHANI ran well for a long way in the Tattersalls Millions at Newmarket on his return to action and has the beating of Enaitch on that run. He'll strip fitter here and should go very close.
Diamond's Return (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Held up in rear, not fluent 3 out, headway on outside soon after, lost place, eased and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Jumps Road (11-0) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Feb, 11 ran.
Flashheart (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) In touch, outpaced halfway, 9th of 13, 14l behind Tarikhi (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
He's A Striker (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Pulled hard, held up in last pair, headway to chase leaders 6f out, went 2nd 5f out, ridden and lost 2nd over 1f out, 3rd and one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Nearly Caught (9-5) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) sft in Apr.
Sleeping Giant (GER) Dalakhani colt out of Special Delivery.
Tinghir (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Keen tracked leader, ridden 2f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 5l behind Improvisation (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) gd in Apr.
Xclusive 25-1 (9-5) Soon towards rear, pushed along over 4f out, soon struggling, tailed off, last of 8, 37l behind Nearly Caught (9-5) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) sft in Apr.
Enaitch (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Mid-division, lost place 3f out, 11th of 15, 22l behind Windhoek (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo aut stk (2) gf in Apr.
Musikhani 100-1 (8-12) Led, headed over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 15, 14l behind Windhoek (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo aut stk (2) gf in Apr.
Pure Flight (IRE) Papal Bull filly out of Wings To Soar.