Young jockey Mickael Barzalona had a superb Dubai Carnival and has been entrusted with the ride on NEEBRAS, who couldn't quite get to grips with the useful Libranno in the Group 2 July Stakes here. That represents comfortably the best form on view and he's taken to get his season off to a flying start. The filly Khor Sheed made her debut at Haydock before having her subsequent four runs here. She landed a Listed event and an auction contest on fast ground and her two defeats came on going with some give. She holds Masaya on that latest success though at this stage of the season it's impossible to tell which has trained on the better. Madany is held by Masaya on her final start but Sir Reginald is the type to do better in his second season and wasn't far behind stablemate Wootton Basset in a similar race to this at Doncaster in September.
Aquilifer (IRE) 10-11fav (9-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 4, 2 3/4l behind Tijori (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Cruiser 33-1 (9-3) Chased leaders far side, ridden over 1f out, soon lost place, weakened inside final furlong, 15th of 27, 9l behind Fury (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo aut (2) sft in Oct.
Neebras (IRE) 10-3 (8-12) Dwelt, in touch in rear, headway over 1f out, challenged winner entering final furlong, not quicken near finish, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Libranno (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jul.
Rafaaf (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and edged left 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 6, 10l behind Falmouth Bay (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Shafgaan 66-1 (9-3) Mid-division far side, driven 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on under pressure to chase leaders final furlong, no impression, 7th of 27, 5l behind Fury (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo aut (2) sft in Oct.
Sir Reginald 14-1 (9-3) With leaders, outpaced when not much room 2f out, weakened final furlong, 20th of 27, 16l behind Fury (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo aut (2) sft in Oct.
Button Moon (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Disputed lead with winner, ridden well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 5l behind Yellow Dandy (8-12) at Ffos Las 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Instance 2-1fav (9-0) Went left start, mid-division, headway over 2f out, strong challenge from over 1f out, ran on to lead post, won at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Oct beating Strictly Pink (9-0) by ns, 10 ran.
Khor Sheed 6-1 (8-12) Keen held up, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 17l behind Hooray (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll Grp 1 (1) gs in Oct.
Madany (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Raced far side, held up, ridden and headway 2f out, one pace final furlong, 8th of 20, 3 1/2l behind Masaya (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo flls auc (2) sft in Oct.
Masaya 20-1 (9-0) Raced far side against rail, overall leader, ridden and headed 1f out, led again well inside final furlong, driven all out, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo flls auc (2) sft in Oct beating Tale Untold (9-0) by shd, 20 ran.
Shim Sham (IRE) 11-1 (8-12) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 16l behind Cape Dollar (8-12) at Newmarket 7f 2yo fll Grp 2 (1) gs in Oct.