This looks a really tough heat but Muharrib certainly can't be left out of calculations having won over 6f here on his final start of last year. Intrigo came right back to form when only beaten a neck at Epsom but has been raised 6lb since and Al Mukhdam has gone up the same amount after going down by a nose to Hay Dude at Haydock. The consistency of both Jodies Jem and Party Royal warrants a mention and we suspect Makafeh is better than he's shown so far this term but we want to give another chance to GRANELL. His victory at Newmarket in May was a taking effort and he wasn't given a hard time by Frankie on his return to HQ earlier this month for a handicap, when the race didn't work out in his favour. Blinkers are fitted here to sharpen him up.
Muharrib (IRE) 5-1fav (9-7) Chased leaders center, led overall over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Doncaster 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Nov beating Indignant (9-5) by 2l, 16 ran.
Intrigo 10-1 (8-3) Dwelt keen held up, headway over 2f out, not clear run and switched right over 1f out, challenged winner inside final furlong, gaining when swerved right near finish, 2nd of 13, nk behind Heaven's Guest (8-7) at Epsom Downs 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs in May.
Makafeh 9-2 (9-3) Ponied to start, held up towards rear and off the pace, ridden and struggling on inside over 2f out, never a factor, 8th of 11, 10l behind Pasaka Boy (8-12) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Jodies Jem 12-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 6, nk behind Sea Shanty (9-7) at Sandown 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Mutazamen 16-1 (9-6) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, still every chance entering final furlong, no extra and hampered near finish, 6th of 9, 8l behind Ashaadd (9-7) at Sandown 7f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Granell (IRE) 9-4fav (9-6) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, unable to quicken over 1f out, one pace thereafter, 4th of 9, 5l behind Monsieur Rieussec (8-10) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Al Mukhdam 7-2 (8-11) Went right start, led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, rallied towards finish, just held, 2nd of 7, ns behind Hay Dude (9-2) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs in May.
Party Royal 9-1 (8-7) Led, pressed over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, headed close home, 2nd of 10, shd behind Off Art (9-1) at Ayr 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Swift Bounty 4-1fav (8-13) Held up in 5th on outside, headway on outer 2f out, soon hung right under pressure and one pace, stayed on again inside final furlong, no threat, 5th of 8, 10l behind King Of The Danes (9-2) at Goodwood 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.