An intriguing contest but a difficult one to fathom for punters. A Group 1 winner in Chile, Sabor A Triunfo has joined Ed Dunlop with the Champion Fillies' and Mares' Stakes as a target. Tac De Boistron is certainly capable of better on only his second start for Marco Botti though whether Wigmore Hall is the force of old nowadays is open to question. Main Sequence has endured a difficult year so far returning a losing favourite in all three starts and returns from a lay-off facing a strong bid from Godolphin. The penalised Royal Empire won the Geoffrey Freer at Newbury in good style last month and is preferred to stablemate Prince Bishop, who has the form to figure but may need his first start since March, but MASTERSTROKE could be the one. The latter is sure to improve for his belated seasonal return at Goodwood and last year's Group 2 winner gets a speculative vote to land this.
Royal Empire 8-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, soon chasing leaders, led over 1f out, hung right, stayed on strongly, won at Newbury 1m 5f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug beating Red Cadeaux (9-10) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Sabor A Triunfo (CHI) (8-6) won at Hipodromo Chile(CHI) 1m 2f fll stks Grp 1 in Mar, 16 ran.
Main Sequence (USA) Evensfav (9-1) Took keen hold tracking leading pair, outpaced from 2f out, soon driven and beaten, lost modest 3rd close home, 4th of 6, 13l behind Brown Panther (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 4f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gd in Jun.
Masterstroke (USA) 5-2fav (9-0) Held up, headway over 2f out, soon no impression, 5th of 6, 8l behind Forgotten Voice (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Prince Alzain (USA) 16-1 (9-2) Free to post, towards rear, headway to go 3rd over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on to press for 2nd close home, 3rd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Fattsota (9-2) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f cond Stakes (3) gs in Aug.
Prince Bishop (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) 10th of 11, 13l behind St Nicholas Abbey (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Rewarded 100-1 (9-5) Steadied start, held up in rear, ridden and beaten 3f out, hung left over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, driven into poor 5th final furlong, 5th of 6, 7l behind Declaration Of War (9-5) at York 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gf in Aug.
Robin Hoods Bay 6-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, pushed along and no response over 3f out, weakened tamely over 2f out, tailed off and eased, last of 7, 41l behind City Style (9-5) at York 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gs in Aug.
Tac De Boistron (FR) 12-1 (9-7) Took keen hold tracking leading trio, headway to 2nd briefly 2f out, chased leading pair, driven and no impression over 1f out, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Harris Tweed (9-7) at Goodwood 1m 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Aug.
Wigmore Hall (IRE) 15-4 (8-7) Brk slowly, no impact, 5th of 8, 5l behind Dandino (8-7) at Arlington(USA) 1m 5f stks gd in Aug.
Sinaadi (IRE) 6-5fav (9-1) Took keen hold tracking clear leading pair disputing 3rd, pushed along and went 3rd 3f out, driven and closed over 2f out, led well over 1f out, clear final furlong, stayed on well, won at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug beating Shahrazad (8-7) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.