Black Spirit looks excellent each-way value as, strictly on the book, he should finish somewhere near the well-backed Cai Shen on September's form at Doncaster. The latter looks to have solid claims and his stable won this in 2009 with Scintillo, who beat PREMIO LOCO by a nose on that occasion. Chris Wall's charge has won five times over shorter trips in Group company since then and has the class to land this if anywhere near his best. A couple of mares also have a shout as Myplacelater has the form to get involved despite not winning last year and she's proven over the trip, unlike Sooraah, who was winning over a mile on the Tapeta surface at Meydan last month. The irrepressible Suits Me is a regular in this event but could only manage fourth last year, while Junoob continued his good progress with victory in a Listed event over C&D last time and could be thereabouts.
Premio Loco (USA) 16-1 (9-9) In touch on outer, effort 2f out, one pace when short of room 1f out, no extra, 7th of 10, 6l behind Bubble Chic (8-13) at Newmarket 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gd in Oct.
Black Spirit (USA) 18-1 (9-3) Raced wide, held up in last trio, headway on outside 5f out, chased leaders 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, went modest 4th close home, 4th of 8, 8l behind Green Destiny (9-6) at Newbury 1m 3f Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep.
Cai Shen (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, soon led, headed over 3f out, regained lead on bit over 2f out, riddein inside final furlong, kept on under pressure, won at Doncaster 1m 2f cond stks (2) gd in Sep beating Zeitoper (9-2) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Circumvent 4-1 (9-3) Raced wide tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 12th of 13, 5l behind Tinshu (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f Listed stks (1) pol in Dec.
Emerald Wilderness (IRE) 16-1 (8-5) 12th of 14, 25l behind Bronze Cannon (8-11) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 2f hcp.
Junoob 3-1fav (8-13) Held up in final pair, headway approaching final furlong, ran on strongly to lead near finish, won going away, won at Lingfield 1m 2f Listed stks (1) pol in Feb beating Tinshu (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Loyalty 9-2 (9-10) Held up, ridden 3f out, effort under pressure over 1f out, never near leaders, 8th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Nazreef (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-105 (2) pol.
Lyssio (GER) 25-1 (8-10) 8th of 12, 8l behind Spring Of Fame (9-3) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 3f hcap in Feb.
Our Joe Mac (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Led early, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 11, 4l behind Junoob (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 2f Listed stks (1) pol in Feb.
Riggins (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 13, 3l behind Edinburgh Knight (9-2) at Kempton 1m Listed stks (1) pol in Nov.
Suits Me 7-2fav (9-6) 8th of 13, 6l behind Wealthy (9-5) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 1f hcp.
Myplacelater 9-4fav (8-13) In touch in rear, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 16l behind Mahbooba (8-11) at Newmarket 1m 4f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Sep.
Sooraah 14-1 (8-9) 9th of 14, 13l behind African Story (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1).
Vivacious Vivienne (IRE) 4-1 (8-11) Held up in rear, 5th 1f out, kept on well under pressure inside final furlong, not reach winner, 3rd of 6, nk behind Moran Gra (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 4yo stk pol.