The three-year-olds get a hefty weight allowance in this and Dordogne, a winner over 1m1f here in the spring and successful in the Lingfield Derby Trial on his latest start, will probably make a bold bid to make all again. But he may just find REDWOOD too strong if the five-year-old can reproduce the form of his second to Rewilding in the Dubai Sheema Classic in March when he was two places and two lengths ahead of Laaheb. He holds Campanologist on a line through the latter. Afsare came back to form when second to Jukebox Jury over C&D last month and City Leader's Goodwood win in May has been franked, but Crystal Capella needs to improve on her reappearance at Haydock to figure though did beat Myplacelater in a fillies' Group 2 here in October.
Afsare 4-1 (9-0) Raced keenly, held up in touch, chased leaders over 5f out, ridden to challenge over 2f out, edged left entering final furlong, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Jukebox Jury (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gs in Jun.
Campanologist (USA) 14-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, raced center until well over 3f out, raced far side, ridden over 2f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 9, 8l behind Await The Dawn (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f Grp 2 (1) sft in Jun.
City Leader (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, steady headway on outside over 2f out, strong run inside final furlong, stayed on to lead last strides, won at Goodwood 1m 2f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gf in May beating Class Is Class (8-12) by hd, 8 ran.
Laaheb 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders in 4th, raced center until well over 3f out, raced far side, ridden over 2f out, kept on, lost 3rd final 100 yards, 4th of 9, 6l behind Await The Dawn (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f Grp 2 (1) sft in Jun.
Redwood 8-1 (8-13) Midfield, quickened to track leaders over 2f out, ran on but no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Rewilding (8-12) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Ted Spread 9-1 (9-1) In rear, ridden over 2 f out, switched right over 1f out, headway entering final furlong, pressed winner towards finish, just held, 2nd of 7, ns behind Distant Memories (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 4f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gd in Jun.
Crystal Capella 9-4 (9-5) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders approaching final furlong, soon one pace, 4th of 8, 8l behind Ferdoos (8-12) at Haydock 1m 4f fll lst stks (1) gf in May.
Myplacelater 16-1 (8-12) Steadied start, in rear, outpaced when pace quickened over 3f out, last of 8, 29l behind Midday (9-3) at York 1m 2f fll Grp 2 stks (1) gd in May.
Buthelezi (USA) 6-4fav (8-12) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Alkimos (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 2f con stks (2) gf in Jun.
Dordogne (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Made all, ridden 2f out, edged left inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Lingfield 1m 3f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in May beating Hurricane Higgins (8-12) by 1/2l, 6 ran.