Chasing Halos went up 8lb for landing a handicap on Tapeta in November and couldn't quite cope with the extra at Jebel Ali last week. Roicead hasn't quite got back to his best but has been running in better class and shouldn't be dismissed. I'M BACK, runner-up to the high-class Soft Falling Rain over 7f on Tapeta a year ago, has been competing at a much higher level subsequently and is the definite form pick at the weights, though the drop back in trip is a slight concern. Stablemate Pied A Terre, four times a winner in Australia including at Group 2 level, disappointed here and in the UK last year but looks on a very fair mark. Hattaash was having just his second start in the UAE after arriving from France when scoring on Tapeta at the beginning of the month and has the scope to do better. Red Duke hasn't won since his two-year-old days but has generally performed at a much higher level and would be a threat to all if ready.
Roicead (USA) 16-1 (9-1) 4th of 15, 2l behind Ahtoug (9-2) at Meydan(UAE) 5f hcp std.
Chasing Halos (USA) 2-1fav (8-13) 3rd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Mujaazef (8-10) at Jebel Ali(UAE) 6f hcp.
Red Duke (USA) 18-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 9l behind Amarillo (9-0) at Haydock 7f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Burj Alzain (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) 7th of 9, 11l behind Rerouted (9-6) at Meydan(UAE) 7f hcp in Mar.
Kilt Rock (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) 5th of 6, 9l behind Mujaazef (8-10) at Jebel Ali(UAE) 6f hcp.
I'm Back (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) With leader to halfway, ridden over 1f out, no extra, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Hasopop (9-0) at Salisbury 7f cond Stakes (3) hvy in Oct.
Pied A Terre (AUS) 25-1 (8-12) Always behind, 15th of 17, 12l behind Heaven's Guest (8-13) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gs in Oct.
Brazen 14-1 (9-0) 6th of 9, 13l behind Rafeej (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 6f 3yo stks in Dec.
Warsaw (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) 9th of 13, 3l behind Ghaamer (8-7) at Meydan(UAE) 1m hcp.
Hajoum (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) 8th of 12, 10l behind Latkhaf (8-11) at Jebel Ali(UAE) 6f hcp in Dec.
Mon Cadeaux 25-1 (9-0) last of 14, 24l behind Seachantach (9-4) at Meydan(UAE) 6f hcap gd in Feb.
Silaah 40-1 (8-10) last of 8, well behind Encipher (9-6) at Jebel Ali(UAE) 7f hcp in Nov.
Vocational (USA) 25-1 (8-12) 4th of 12, 6l behind Latkhaf (8-11) at Jebel Ali(UAE) 6f hcp in Dec.
Hattaash 10-1 (9-6) won at Meydan(UAE) 6f hcp beating Comicality (9-10) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Global City (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) 8th of 9, 19l behind Rafeej (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 6f 3yo stks in Dec.