This looks an exceptionally strong line-up for such a moderate prize with several choicely-bred newcomers taking on youngsters who have shown promise. The latter brigade most certainly include HILLSTAR and it's Sir Michael Stoute's Derby entry, a half-brother to Crystal Capella among others, who is given the nod after an eye-catching introduction at Sandown. Flashlight has done nothing wrong and will handle the going while Sea Shanty didn't seem at his best at Newbury after an impressive introduction behind the high-class Moohaajim at Ascot. Pythagorean has been a bit unfortunate not to have won by now and will surely be doing so before the season ends while newcomers Breden and Public are out of Group 3 winners and should have bright futures. though none of the first-timers can be ruled out.
Al Enbess (IRE) Kyllachy colt out of Taghreed.
Aussie Lyrics (FR) Aussie Rules colt out of Operam.
Breden (IRE) Shamardal colt out of Perfect Touch.
Flashlight (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden to lead 2f out, hung right and headed inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Half A Person (9-3) at Yarmouth 7f 2yo mdn (5) hvy.
Hillstar 10-1 (9-3) Took keen hold early, held up in rear, not much room over 2f out, headway over 1f out, not clear run and switched right inside final furlong, stayed on, not able to reach leaders, 4th of 11, 1 1/2l behind Etijaah (9-3) at Sandown 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Aug.
Platinum Proof (USA) Smart Strike colt out of Keeper Hill.
Prairie Prince (IRE) High Chaparral colt out of Palatine Dancer.
Public (IRE) Red Clubs colt out of Rejuvenation.
Pythagorean 8-13fav (9-3) Led after 1f, came centre over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Zamoyski (9-3) at Goodwood 7f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Sep.
Refuse To Mambo Refuse To Bend gelding out of Sovereign's Honour.
Sea Shanty (USA) 2-1fav (9-3) Held up rear of mid-division, pushed along 3f out, never reached leaders and weakened entering final 2f, 7th of 11, 6l behind Related (9-3) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug.
Slip of The Tongue 33-1 (9-3) Chasing leaders when pushed right and hampered on bend over 5f out, lost 3rd place over 2f out, soon hung left and weakened, 6th of 9, 19l behind Infinite Magic (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Sword of The Lord Kheleyf colt out of Blue Echo.