A Group 3 winner for Andre Fabre last year, FRENCH NAVY showed he was fully recovered from injury when landing a conditions event at Newmarket on his first start for Mahmood Al Zarooni last month. He can make up for lost time and follow up in this. Nationalism wasn't the only horse to run poorly in the slow ground at York's Ebor meeting, but he was a Listed winner at Windsor before that and scored over a shorter trip at this meeting last year. Ceilidh House is hard to catch right but has claims on her best form, while Karam Albaari is the least exposed and makes more appeal than Mac Love, who hasn't scored since winning this in 2009.
Mac Love 33-1 (9-0) Held up last, ridden and struggling over 2f out, never a factor, 9th of 11, 8l behind Side Glance (9-0) at Salisbury 1m Grp 3 (1) gf in Aug.
Nationalism 9-1 (9-5) Switched left soon after start, held up in rear, kept on, never near leaders, 6th of 10, 8l behind Green Destiny (9-5) at York 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gs in Aug.
Ceilidh House 16-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, went 3rd close home, nearest finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Timepiece (9-1) at Warwick 1m 3f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gd in Jun.
Opera Gal (IRE) 11-4 (8-11) Made all, hard ridden from over 1f out, kept on well under pressure, won at Windsor 1m 4f Listed stks 3yo (1) gs in Aug beating Sirvino (9-2) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.
French Navy Evensfav (8-9) Pulled hard, in touch, switched centre 4f out, led over 2f out, hung right over 1f out, ran on, comfortable, won at Newmarket 1m 2f cond Stakes (2) gd in Aug beating Joshua Tree (9-11) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
Karam Albaari (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Always in rear, last of 8, 3 1/2l behind Libranno (8-13) at Goodwood 7f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Measuring Time 13-2 (8-5) In touch, effort over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Vesuve (9-2) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f cond Stakes (3) gs in Aug.
Slumber 4-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway 8f out, led 2f out, soon headed, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 6l behind Namibian (9-3) at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Jul.