Three-year-olds have a decent record in this and 1000 Guineas third Maqaasid could prove the best of this year's representatives. But they face some stiff opposition from the older horses in a terrific renewal and SAHPRESA looks the one to beat. Rod Collet's mare won the Sun Chariot on the Rowley Mile here for the second time in October and has been placed at the highest level in Japan and Hong Kong since. A recent victory at Longchamp will have put her spot on and she's preferred to compatriot Lily Of The Valley. The latter was unbeaten last year ending the season with a Group 1 success in the Prix De L'Opera over 1m2f and could find today's trip on the short side nowadays, as could River Jetez, who won a Group 2 race over further at Meydan in February. First City had stablemate I'm A Dreamer behind when third at Ascot last time, but Antara could prove best of the home challenge.
Antara (GER) 11-8fav (9-6) Dwelt held up, smooth headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, pushed out, won at Epsom Downs 1m flls Group 3 stks (1) gd in Jun beating First City (9-6) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
First City 25-1 (8-12) Steadied start, held up rear in centre, smooth headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, one pace, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Lolly For Dolly (8-12) at Royal Ascot 1m fll Grp 2 stks (1) gd in Jun.
I'm A Dreamer (IRE) 7-2 (8-12) Held up in last trio in centre, pushed along 3f out, ridden and headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 5th of 13, 6l behind Lolly For Dolly (8-12) at Royal Ascot 1m fll Grp 2 stks (1) gd in Jun.
Lily Of The Valley (FR) 4-1 (9-2) 5th of 6, 8l behind Sarafina (9-2) at Saint-Cloud(FR) 1m 2f Grp 2 (1) gs in May.
River Jetez (SAF) (8-10) 2nd of 12 Gitano Hernando (8-13) at Kranji(SNG) 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) in May.
Sahpresa (USA) (9-6) won at Longchamp(FR) 7f Grp 3 (1) gd in Jun beating Moonlight Cloud (8-6) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Timepiece 11-8fav (9-1) In touch in mid-division, headway on inside 2f out, led just over 1f out, idled towards finish, ridden out, won at Warwick 1m 3f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gd in Jun beating Sea Of Heartbreak (8-12) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Joviality 10-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders on inside, disputing lead and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Immortal Verse (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gs in Jun.
Maqaasid 15-2 (8-13) 8th of 16, 6l behind Golden Lilac (8-13) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gd in May.
Masaya 3-1 (8-12) Led, brought field to stands' rail in straight, ridden and headed inside final furlong, no chance with winner, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Khor Sheed (9-3) at Warwick 7f 3yo lst fll (1) gf in Jun.
Memory (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Well away, pulled hard towards rear, headway, not clear run and switched right over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 6l behind Immortal Verse (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gs in Jun.