NABUCCO relished the testing ground at Salisbury last time when romping to a six length victory. John Gosden's colt is worth sticking with in this as he steps up in class and is just preferred to Chapter Seven. The latter has yet to win this season but goes well in soft going and was beaten only a length over 1m1f in a Group 3 race here last month. Fattsota has come up short in better company of late though he still makes more appeal than both Proud Chieftain and Bana Wu, who may not find the underfoot conditions to their liking.
Chapter Seven 14-1 (9-3) Behind stands side, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong to take 3rd towards finish, not reach front pair, 3rd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Highland Knight (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gs in Oct.
Fattsota 50-1 (8-13) 6th of 13, 9l behind Cirrus Des Aigles (8-13) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 2f Grp 2 (1) sft in Oct.
Nabucco 7-4fav (9-9) Tracked leaders, every chance over 2f out, led over 1f out, driven clear inside final furlong, ran on strongly, won at Salisbury 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) hvy in Oct beating Open Water (8-7) by 6l, 7 ran.
Proud Chieftain 50-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders stands side, lost place 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 13, 16l behind Highland Knight (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gs in Oct.
Bana Wu 14-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, ridden over 2f out, stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Penitent (9-4) at Sandown 1m Listed stks 3yo (1) hvy in Sep.