Ferjaan ended last season with a maiden victory over course and distance but is having his first start since October. He'd earlier finished behind today's rival AGERZAM, who was having only his third outing of the year when beaten a length here recently. Roger Varian's colt gets the nod to confirm running with the former and come out best. Badr Al Badoor scored over track and trip in June and is upped 5lb for that success though she's still preferred to the remainder, who look up against it in this company with Equitania possibly the best of them having slipped down the weights of late.
Badr Al Badoor (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Held up in rear and well off the pace, smooth headway on inside 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Kempton 6f fll hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jun beating Angel Way (9-7) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Equitania 14-1 (8-11) Reared and bumped start, soon recovered to lead, ridden 2f out, soon headed and weakened, 8th of 9, 16l behind Red Refraction (9-1) at Ascot 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Agerzam 6-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders on outside, driven over 2f out, chased leading pair when carried left towards stand side rail over 1f out, switched right inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 5, 1l behind Brazen (9-7) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.
Ferjaan 10-11fav (9-3) Made all, ridden over 1f out, held on well, won at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct beating Not Rigg (9-3) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Rebel Magic 14-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, weakened towards finish, 6th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Noble Gift (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jul.
Rio's Pearl 9-1 (9-5) Outpaced, always behind, last of 12, 10l behind Extrasolar (9-2) at Goodwood 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Overrider 40-1 (8-7) Towards rear, under pressure halfway, soon beaten, 11th of 12, 13l behind Gabbiano (9-5) at Ascot 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.