John Gosden complicates matters by running the hat-trick-seeking Rasheed and last year's Ascot winner Thimaar. The former is just preferred as he easily outpointed English Summer at Wolverhampton last time. The latter's stablemate Gulf Of Naples looks to have a better chance as he ended last season on a high with victories at Doncaster and Newmarket but the vote goes to another making his reappearance, KIAMA BAY. John Quinn's progressive charge wound up last year on a 30lb higher mark than when he started it and has scope for further progress over longer trips this term. Right Stuff has a recent outing under his belt and makes most appeal of the remainder back over a more suitable distance with Ryan Moore keeping the ride.
Montaff 25-1 (8-13) 11th of 13, 23l behind Fox Hunt (9-6) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 6f hcp gd in Feb.
Kiama Bay (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Mid-division, effort over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 23, 16l behind Zuider Zee (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (2) sft in Nov.
Mystery Star (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Mid-division, outpaced over 3f out, soon weakened, 31st of 33, well behind Never Can Tell (8-11) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gd in Oct.
Right Stuff (FR) 6-1 (9-2) Headway to lead 9f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Viking Storm (8-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Mar.
Activate 20-1 (9-11) Held up in touch, lost place over 2f out, 11th of 16, 22l behind Lexington Bay (7-11) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Sep.
Thimaar (USA) 6-1 (8-11) Led 1f, tracked leader until led again over 3f out, soon clear, edged left final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Ascot 2m hcp (3) gd in Sep beating Cunning Act (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Hawk Mountain (UAE) 9-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, pushed along to lead over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 11, 6l behind Old Hundred (8-10) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Enroller (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Mid-division, hung right from halfway, soon beaten, 22nd of 23, well behind Zuider Zee (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (2) sft in Nov.
Gulf of Naples (IRE) 9-4fav (9-1) Close up, chased leader over 1f out, ridden to lead 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Newmarket 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Oct beating Sohcahtoa (8-9) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
English Summer 5-2fav (8-13) Set steady pace until headed 9f out, tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Viking Storm (8-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Mar.
Halla San 16-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Tappanappa (9-7) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Storm Hawk (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Steadied start and awkwardly away, soon switched to outer, in rear, good headway over 3f out, led 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, bumped near finish, just held on, won at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs in Mar beating Boss's Destination (9-1) by ns, 9 ran.
Rasheed 13-8fav (9-2) Took keen hold tracking leaders, switched right to challenge over 3f out, led over 2f out, drew clear entering final furlong, easily, won at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar beating Quinsman (8-12) by 7l, 5 ran.
First Avenue 8-1 (8-7) Behind, never on terms, 6th of 8, 9l behind Layline (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Feb.