Three-year-olds have won the last three runnings of this race and that trend can continue with PARVAAZ expected to take some beating. Frankie Dettori's mount disappointed many when sixth at Newmarket on his penultimate start but that form could hardly have worked out better and he's since resumed his progression by scoring at Carlisle; we hope a 5lb rise isn't enough to stop him doing so again. Saharia is another representative of the classic generation who looks to have real claims as he's twice run well over course and distance and is bred to continue improving, so this could boil down to a match between the pair. There are others with claims including Primaeval who should improve for returning to this surface and is slowly dropping down the weights, tough front-runner My Gacho and the progressive Yankee Storm, but Parvaaz can send favourite followers home happy.
Internationaldebut (IRE) 15-2 (9-4) Held up in rear, still last 2f out, switched right and headway over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Kyllachy Star (9-7) at Chester 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Aug.
Primaeval 20-1 (8-7) In rear, never a factor, 10th of 15, 11l behind Al Khaleej (9-1) at Newmarket 7f hcp 105 (2) gs in Aug.
My Gacho (IRE) 9-1 (9-12) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 6l behind Shotley Mac (9-3) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Mishrif (USA) 6-1 (9-6) Always in rear, ridden and struggling 3f out, last of 7, 22l behind Secretive (9-6) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Parvaaz (IRE) 5-2fav (9-3) Tracked leader, challenged 2f out, driven to lead over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on final furlong, won at Carlisle 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug beating Antoniola (9-1) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Edgewater (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 5l behind Colonel Mak (9-7) at Leicester 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Aug.
Saharia (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, not much room over 2f out, switched right and good headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 3/4l behind Brick Red (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug.
Mambo Spirit (IRE) 11-2 (9-11) Led after 1f, ridden 2f out, headed approaching 1f out, no extra, 4th of 8, 6l behind Lost In The Moment (9-6) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Yankee Storm 9-2 (9-5) Held up, headway 2f out, effort entering final furlong, soon every chance, not quicken near finish, 3rd of 8, 3/4l behind Salient (9-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Aug.