Dance And Dance has a touch of class but this is tougher than the conditions race he won at Doncaster last summer. Belgian Bill disappointed at Meydan earlier this year but has decent claims on his best form at this track while much better was expected from Spirit Of Sharjah over track and trip last time. Bronze Prince and Redact have a bit to prove in this company but the latter's stablemate Shamaal Nibras makes some appeal. However, Richard Hannon's charge was well beaten on both occasions he came up against STIRRING BALLAD last year and Andrew Balding's filly is taken to continue on her upward curve and make a winning reappearance here having ending last season with a four-timer on Turf.
Dance And Dance (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden and some headway 2f out, never near leaders, 7th of 11, 13l behind French Navy (9-0) at Newmarket 1m Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Nov.
Shamaal Nibras (USA) 8-1 (9-4) Towards rear stand side, stayed on final furlong, 7th of 20, 5l behind Tartiflette (8-5) at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) gd in Nov.
Belgian Bill 14-1 (9-0) 11th of 16, 8l behind Capital Attraction (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 in Jan.
Bronze Prince 25-1 (9-7) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, no extra towards finish, 5th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Benzanno (8-8) at Lingfield 1m hcap (2) pol.
Redact (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Raced centre close up, outpaced 2f out, ridden and rallied inside final furlong, 8th of 21, 7l behind Idler (8-5) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Sep.
Spirit of Sharjah (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Steadied start, held up in last pair, progress inside final final furlong, never a threat, 7th of 11, 5l behind Atlantis Crossing (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Stirring Ballad 11-4fav (8-12) In touch, headway 2f out, soon ridden to challenge led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Chester 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Aug beating Trail Blaze (8-10) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.