Set The Trend won this last year but has a tough task on today's worse terms and Intransigent makes more appeal. The latter has been running well without success in competitive races and may just have the edge on Spiritual Star. Bear Behind and Smarty Socks are harder to fancy on recent form but a chance is taken on FIREBEAM bouncing back. He was way below par in a couple of starts at Meydan early in the year but won this in 2011 and is perfectly capable of landing this year's renewal if Charlie Appleby has him back to his best.
Set The Trend 9-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden and behind, no chance with leaders over 1f out, 4th of 6, 8l behind Sirius Prospect (9-0) at York 7f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Aug.
Bear Behind (IRE) 9-1 (10-0) Held up in last trio, pushed along and outpaced halfway, never a factor, last of 9, 8l behind Ahtoug (9-6) at Ascot 5f hcp 105 (2) gd in Aug.
Firebeam 11-2 (9-3) last of 9, 29l behind Rerouted (9-6) at Meydan(UAE) 7f hcp in Mar.
Intransigent 25-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders in close 5th, headway to 3rd over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed and not pace of winner final 75 yards, 2nd of 18, 1l behind Magic City (8-13) at Goodwood 7f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Smarty Socks (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Behind most of way, 12th of 16, 8l behind Mont Ras (8-10) at York 1m hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Spiritual Star (IRE) 40-1 (9-12) Held up behind, headway over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Shebebi (9-1) at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug.