Apart from the maiden Superboot, none of the field made the frame last time and a degree of caution is advised. Masamah definitely sets the standard though and is excused being unplaced in his latest effort as it came in the Group 2 Temple Stakes at this venue when four lengths off the winner, Kingsgate Native. His profile last term features respectable efforts against the likes of Sole Power, Borderlescott, Ortensia and Bated Breath so this is a decent opportunity identified by Marco Botti. However, he's a real speedball who usually blasts from the gate and 5f looks his optimum trip. He'll probably be good enough over this longer trip but we'll take a chance with LOUIS THE PIOUS. He's well behind Masamah on official ratings but has gone well on both starts this term in highly-competitive sprint handicaps for David O'Meara and is a value option over 6f.
Addictive Dream (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) 13th of 14, 31l behind Reynaldothewizard (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 6f stks (3yo+) in Jan.
Dubawi Sound 40-1 (9-10) Slowly into stride, behind stands' side, driven and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 11th of 27, 6l behind Lightning Cloud (8-13) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Louis The Pious 16-1 (9-2) Prominent far side, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression inside final furlong, 12th of 26, 8l behind York Glory (9-2) at Royal Ascot 6f hcp 0-110 (2) gf in Jun.
Masamah (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Chased leader stands' side, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Kingsgate Native (9-4) at Haydock 5f Grp 2 (1) fm in May.
Annunciation 4-1 (9-4) Took keen hold and slight lead on rail, narrowly headed approaching halfway, chased leader, ridden 2f out, soon lost 2nd, weakened and eased inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 4l behind Piscean (9-0) at Goodwood 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in May.
Superboot (IRE) 3-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, held up tracking leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, soon ridden and not quicken, outpaced to 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Floating Along (9-0) at Newbury 6f 3yo mdn (5) gf in Jun.