Barry Hills would surely love to win this race, one named in honour of his 2004 Guineas winner Haafhd, and has live claims of doing so in the shape of White Frost, who showed when second on debut that he should pick up a race soon. However, in MARDEN he may bump into a smart rival. Brian Meehan's juveniles always improve for a run so the fact that this well-related Danehill Dancer colt took fourth on his debut, showing he copes with cut, suggests he should be hard to beat here. It's significant that he holds an entry in the Racing Post Trophy and he can go some way to justifying it. Of course there are a host of newcomers to consider including the other Hills runners Canna and Encore Un Fois alongside the William Haggas-trained trio of Garde Cotiere, Groomed and Quails Hollow. Likewise Short Takes and Bridgefield need noting in the market and an improved display from Misk Khitaam would come as no surprise, but Marden's experience may prove telling.
Black Cadillac (IRE) Kheleyf colt out of Desert Design.
Bridgefield (USA) Speightstown colt out of Treysta.
Canna (IRE) High Chaparral colt out of Brave Madam.
Encore Un Fois Val Royal colt out of Factice.
Figaro Medicean colt out of Chorist.
Garde Cotiere (USA) Giant's Causeway colt out of Amonita.
Greenhead High Statue Of Liberty gelding out of Artistry.
Groomed (IRE) Acclamation colt out of Enamoured.
Kuala Limper (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Soon prominent, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, 17l behind Tazahum (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Loving Spirit Azamour colt out of Lolla's Spirit.
Marden (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Seattle Drive (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Aug.
Misk Khitaam (USA) 20-1 (9-3) Prominent, lost place 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 14, 10l behind Baptist (9-3) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep.
Quails Hollow (IRE) Beat Hollow colt out of Bloemfontain.
Short Takes (USA) Lemon Drop Kid colt out of Gabriellina Giof.
Snow Hill 28-1 (9-3) Always in rear, last of 16, 22l behind Norse Blues (9-3) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sep.
Tommy Tiger Tiger Hill colt out of Special Green.
White Frost (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders on stands side rail, not clear run when switched right and headway entering final furlong, ridden and ran on inside final furlong to chase winner final 50 yards, held near finish, 2nd of 17, 1/2l behind State Of Mind (9-3) at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn aut (4) gd in Sep.
Any Odds (IRE) Traditionally filly out of Coeur De La Mer.
Escala 150-1 (9-0) Slowly away, in rear, never near leaders, 8th of 11, 18l behind Mama Lulu (9-0) at Yarmouth 6f 2yo fll mdn (5) gs in Sep.
Lady Gabrielle (IRE) Dansili filly out of Zither.