Ottoman Empire took a few races to warm up here a year ago but ended the campaign with an impressive course and distance victory. The 2011 Lincoln winner Sweet Lightning doesn't have the greatest all-weather profile but had a sighter at Wolverhampton last month. Mike De Kock will get the best out of EL ESTRUENDOSO, who ran very well on his final start here in February. He'll have been prepared for this year's Carnival and can make a successful start. Stablemate Specific Gravity, who was placed here three times in the same month, should also go well. Transparent was regarded as Group class on Dirt in the USA and hasn't been handed a high rating for his handicap debut and Godolphin also have the tough handicapper Clon Brulee entered though he's now on his highest ever mark. Busker won twice here a year ago and his last run should be ignored as he was never put in the race but stayed on well.
Submariner (USA) 12-1 (8-7) 7th of 10, 17l behind Treble Jig (9-5) at Jebel Ali(UAE) 1m 1f stks (3yo+) in Mar.
Sweet Lightning 22-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, outpaced over 2f out, never dangerous, 11th of 12, 17l behind Marshgate Lane (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (2) pol in Dec.
El Estruendoso (ARG) 5-1 (9-4) 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind Elleval (8-9) at Meydan(UAE) 7f cond Stakes gd in Feb.
Izaaj (USA) 16-1 (9-0) 2nd of 8, ns behind Ralston Road (8-11) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 2f 3yo stks in Dec.
Ottoman Empire (FR) 9-1 (10-0) Held up in 5th, effort on outside 2f out, ridden and no impression when hung left and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 17l behind Ennistown (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Transparent (USA) 5-2 (8-5) Rail early, mild bid, 4th of 8, 4l behind Will Take Charge (8-12) at Philadelphia Park(USA) 1m 1f 3yo Grp 2 (1) in Sep.
Clon Brulee (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to go 2nd over 1f out until inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Sharestan (9-0) at Ayr 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) gs in Sep.
Specific Gravity (FR) 3-1 (9-1) 3rd of 8, 6l behind Con Artist (9-6) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 1f hcp in Feb.
Busker (USA) 20-1 (9-0) 3rd of 7, 2l behind Haatheq (9-4) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 3yo stks in Nov.
Layali Al Andalus 16-1 (8-5) 7th of 11, 6l behind Plantagenet (8-8) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 2f hcp in Mar.