The Gosden yard have won two of the last four renewals of this and MUWAARY is expected to make a bold bid this year. Not seen at the track since scoring over course and distance in July, Paul Hanagan prefers the 2000 Guineas entry to Zarwaan. The latter scored at Haydock in the same month last season but Exchequer made a winning return at Lingfield only last week and carries a penalty in this. Brazos kept good company after winning his maiden at Goodwood and is handicapping for the first time while Torchlighter signed off last year with a close-up second at Doncaster and is preferred to Showpiece. Hors De Combat and Extremity will most likely be winning again this year and are worth noting for the future.
Brazos (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Keen tracked leaders, steadied back after 2f, mid-division, outpaced 2f out, soon in rear, kept on inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 5l behind Ertijaal (9-1) at Lingfield 7f 3yo Listed stks (1) pol in Mar.
Zarwaan 4-6fav (9-5) In touch, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on, comfortably, won at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul beating Strategical (9-5) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Hors De Combat 1-4fav (8-12) Tracked leading pair on inside, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, found no extra close home, 2nd of 4, nk behind Evening Attire (8-12) at Kempton 7f Conditions Stakes (2yo) (4) pol in Sep.
Torchlighter (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Held up, ridden and headway 2f out, pressed winner entering final furlong, ran on, just held, 2nd of 12, nk behind Kenny The Captain (9-5) at Doncaster 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Nov.
Showpiece 9-2 (9-0) In touch in rear, switched left 2f out, effort soon after, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 6l behind Photography (8-0) at Doncaster 1m 2yo hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Muwaary 6-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, shaken up briefly over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jul beating Torrid (9-5) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Lincoln (IRE) 11-4 (8-6) Prominent, raced freely, outpaced over 2f out, kept on under pressure closing stages, 3rd of 6, 1/2l behind Captain Secret (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp (3) pol in Mar.
Exchequer (IRE) 11-10fav (9-5) Made all, shaken up and quickened clear over 1f out, comfortable, won at Lingfield 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol beating Twin Point (9-5) by 4l, 7 ran.
Baby Bush (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, outpaced halfway, stayed on well closing stages, never able to challenge, 3rd of 5, 9l behind Piping Rock (9-3) at Salisbury 7f 2yo nov stk (4) hvy in Oct.
Extremity (IRE) 11-1 (9-3) Went right start in touch, ridden and weakened final furlong, 10th of 17, 9l behind Oklahoma City (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo aut (2) gf in Oct.