Andrew Balding trained last year's winner so Purcell could go well again having won at Chester last time. Barracuda Boy was beaten less than a length when third at Ascot on his latest start and may figure but both Godolphin runners arrive on the back of recent modest comeback efforts while Freddy With A Y failed to cope with the step up to today's grade at Leicester and Lionheart looks in the handicapper's grip now. BADR AL BADOOR ran below par at Goodwood last time but recorded her earlier double over track and trip and gets the vote back on this surface.
Hoodna (IRE) 7-2fav (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 24l behind Spinatrix (9-5) at Ripon 6f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gs in May.
Barracuda Boy (IRE) 9-2 (9-9) Slowly into stride, soon recovered to chase leading pair racing on rail, challenged 2f out, soon every chance, ridden inside final furlong, not quicken well inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Annunciation (9-13) at Ascot 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Rivellino 14-1 (8-9) Raced stand side in rear, never a factor, 10th of 18, 6l behind Heaven's Guest (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jul.
Badr Al Badoor (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Held up, headway 2f out, not clear run and switched left approaching final furlong, faded inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 3 1/2l behind La Fortunata (8-13) at Goodwood 6f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug.
Purcell (IRE) 2-1fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, headway 2f out, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, kept on, led narrowly towards finish, won at Chester 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Aug beating Lastchancelucas (9-2) by hd, 7 ran.
Lewisham 15-2 (9-7) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 6, 5l behind Lancelot Du Lac (9-4) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Aug.
Upavon 25-1 (9-3) Steadied start, keen held up, weakened 2f out, soon eased, last of 16, 33l behind Lancelot Du Lac (9-1) at York 7f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs in May.
Freddy With A Y (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 9, 10l behind Brazen (9-7) at Leicester 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Aug.
Lionheart 9-2 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 9l behind Bop It (9-4) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Spokeswoman (IRE) 3-1fav (9-7) Dwelt, held up behind, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 9l behind Trucanini (9-3) at Kempton 7f fll hcp (4) pol in Aug.
Panther Patrol (IRE) 11-4fav (9-2) Held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, soon chased winner until inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Flashlight (9-7) at Epsom Downs 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.