Krypton Factor crowned a brilliant 2012 campaign by taking this from the classy Rocket Man. He hasn't been in that kind of form this campaign and was behind MENTAL and Kavanagh in a Group 3 last month. The winner, who was having his first start on an artificial surface after a superb career on Turf in Australia, was conceding 5lb all round for his Group 1 victory at Flemington in November and is given the vote. Reynaldothewizard also beat Krypton Factor last time and certainly deserves his place in this line-up. Gordon Lord Byron had a nice pipe-opener at Dundalk but his Prix Foret victory was over 7f on heavy ground and a few of these look too speedy. USA champion sprinter Trinniberg, a Dirt specialist who surprisingly has never run on a synthetic surface, gained a shock victory in the Breeders' Cup Sprint though it didn't look a fluke. Frederick Engels has been showing great pace in Hong Kong so is another to note.
Frederick Engels (9-0) 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Lucky Nine (9-0) at Sha Tin(HK) 6f stk gd in Feb.
Gordon Lord Byron (IRE) 1-4fav (10-1) Settled behind leaders in last, shaken up to close 2f out, led 1f out and quickened well under hands and heels, easily, won at Dundalk 6f 3yo stks pol beating Clancy Avenue (8-4) by 3 1/2l, 3 ran.
Trinniberg (USA) 13-1 (8-12) Rate 2-3w,dug in,drvng, won at Santa Anita(USA) 6f fll stks Grp 1 (1) in Nov beating The Lumber Guy (8-12) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Reply (IRE) 11-1 (9-1) Held up, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 11, 5l behind Fulbright (9-1) at Newmarket 7f Grp 2 (1) gs in Oct.
Reynaldothewizard (USA) 10-1 (9-0) won at Meydan(UAE) 6f Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1) beating Krypton Factor (9-0) by 4l, 10 ran.
Balmont Mast (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) 3rd of 10, 6l behind Reynaldothewizard (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 6f Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1).
Kavanagh (SAF) 5-2 (9-4) won at Meydan(UAE) 6f hcp fst beating Ballista (8-11) by 1l, 12 ran.
United Color (USA) 10-1 (9-3) won at Meydan(UAE) 6f hcp in Feb beating Arnold Lane (9-0) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Taisei Legend (JPN) (8-13) 14th of 0, 11l behind Grape Brandy (9-0) at Tokyo(JPN) 1m Group 1 stks (4yo+) in Feb.
Mental (AUS) 7-2 (9-5) won at Meydan(UAE) 6f Group 3 stks (3yo+) in Feb beating Kavanagh (9-0) by 1l, 14 ran.
Tamaathul 2-1fav (9-6) 7th of 12, 6l behind Kavanagh (9-4) at Meydan(UAE) 6f hcp fst.
Private Zone (USA) 14-5 (8-8) Dueled,led,worn down, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Sahara Sky (8-6) at Santa Anita(USA) 6f Group 2 sks in Jan.
Krypton Factor 4-5fav (9-0) 2nd of 10, 4l behind Reynaldothewizard (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 6f Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1).