Allied Powers was runner-up in this Group 3 12 months ago and should be thereabouts again, despite making his seasonal reappearance. Fattsota was second on the Tapeta at Meydan in February and will appreciate the switch back to Turf while Model Pupil may be about to start fulfilling his potential after an easy win at Doncaster. Universal defied a big weight in a decent handicap at Lingfield earlier this month but needs to take a further step forward here. NOBLE MISSION looks the one to be on as he beat subsequent St Leger hero Encke in the Gordon Stakes last July and lost nothing in defeat behind useful filly Hazel Lavery on his final start of 2012 over today's course and distance. Guarantee was a long way behind Encke in the St Leger but had won his three previous starts and could develop into a cup horse this term. Ed de Gas and Quiz Mistress will find easier opportunities in the months ahead.
Allied Powers (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Mid-division, weakened over 2f out, modest 5th, 5th of 6, 22l behind Hawaafez (8-11) at Ascot 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) sft in Oct.
Fattsota 12-1 (9-3) 2nd of 10, 7l behind Kassiano (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 3f hcp in Feb.
Meganisi (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, pushed along 7f out, ridden 5f out, weakened over 3f out, 12th of 13, 49l behind Tominator (9-0) at Chester 1m 5f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gd in Sep.
Ed De Gas 12-1 (8-11) last of 8, 8l behind Verema (8-6) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 7f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep.
Guarantee 12-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, 7th of 9, 15l behind Encke (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 7f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Sep.
Model Pupil 5-6fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, pressed leader entering final 3f, led 2f out, ridden entering final furlong, ran on strongly, won at Doncaster 1m 4f stks (2) sft in Mar beating The Bull Hayes (9-0) by 8l, 5 ran.
Noble Mission 7-2fav (8-13) Held up, headway over 2f out, ridden to challenge winner approaching final furlong, every chance inside final furlong, ran on but always held, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Hazel Lavery (8-7) at Newbury 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) hvy in Oct.
Universal (IRE) 3-1 (9-9) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on, won at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) pol beating Tepmokea (9-6) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Quiz Mistress 14-1 (9-1) 7th of 9, 23l behind Les Beaufs (8-9) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 7f stk (1) gd in Oct.