John Gosden landed the inaugural running of this race and has a strong hand with High Twelve his ace but there's plenty in the way of opposition and a chance is taken with AMEER whilst Coordinated Cut and Hot Prospect are amongst others to consider. High Twelve is regarded as a smart prospect and is entitled to come into his own over middle distances this season but he failed to live up to expectations in Group races on his final two starts of last season and could be one to be wary of at a short price as he did show signs of temperament. The suggestion is Ameer who was described as still being weak by his handler last season but the colt still proved good enough to win his first two starts before making the frame in Pattern company in France. The yard don't have many runners at this stage of the season but they did hit the target with a good percentage of those they had in April twelve months ago which is encouraging. Coordinated Cut was a market springer for the Derby before his debut but he blotted his copybook on his second outing and now has his first start for a new yard. Hot Prospect won his maiden impressively and will come into his own over a trip this season, Don Carlos represents a top yard and must be feared in a race where any number have live claims which is why Ameer is just a tentative suggestion.
Ameer (IRE) (8-11) 2nd of 4, 1 3/4l behind Circumvent (8-11) at Saint-cloud(FR) 1m 2yo Grp 3 (1) sft in Oct.
Chain Of Events 11-8fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, chased clear leader over 3f out, ridden to lead 2f out, soon joined and headed, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 9l behind Senate (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) sft in Mar.
Coordinated Cut (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Behind, headway and effort over 2f out, soon beaten, 10th of 11, 14l behind St Nicholas Abbey (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 2yo Grp1 stks (1) gs in Oct.
Doctor Zhivago 2-7fav (9-6) Made all, quickened 3f out, clear well over 1f out, ran on strongly, unchallenged, won at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Feb beating Purple Gallery (9-2) by 1 1/4l, 2 ran.
Don Carlos (GER) (8-13) 4th of 9, 9l behind Passion For Gold (8-13) at Saint-cloud(FR) 1m 2f 2yo Grp 1 hvy in Nov.
High Twelve (IRE) 9-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 12th of 15, 11l behind Beethoven (9-1) at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Oct.
Hot Prospect 11-8fav (9-2) Pulled hard, held up mid division on outside, driven and outpaced 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, never on terms, 6th of 8, 4l behind Gallic Star (8-11) at Pontefract 1m 2yo Listed stks (1) gf in Oct.
Ice Viking (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Raced wide mid-division, pushed along 6f out, ridden 3f out, kept on, never dangerous, 6th of 14, 9l behind Rezwaan (9-5) at Nottingham 1m 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct.
Karaka Jack 11-8fav (9-2) Made all, ridden 2f out, stayed on well, won at Southwell 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Oct beating Stef And Stelio (9-4) by 8l, 5 ran.
Kona Coast 11-1 (9-1) Raced wide in mid-division, weakened 3f out, last of 13, 15l behind Classic Colori (9-1) at Lingfield 7f Listed Stakes (3yo) (1) pol in Mar.
Longliner 1-2fav (9-3) Tracked leader, pushed along over 2f out, ridden to lead narrowly over 1f out, driven and headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Commissionaire (9-3) at Yarmouth 1m 2yo mdn (5) gd in Oct.
Mark Twain (IRE) 4-1fav (8-11) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, headway in 4th 1 1/2f out, ridden and no extra 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 12, 5l behind Jamaayel (8-0) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo hcp hvy in Nov.
Next Move (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Soon close up, effort on outside 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Nov beating Hidden Glory (9-3) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Cracking Lass (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) In rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, not reached leaders, 7th of 14, 8l behind Lillie Langtry (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo flls auc (2) gf in Oct.
Jira 12-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra near finish, 4th of 13, 1 3/4l behind Classic Colori (9-1) at Lingfield 7f Listed Stakes (3yo) (1) pol in Mar.
Sunarise (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) In touch, lost place when bumped over 3f out, eased over 1f out, tailed off, last of 13, 40l behind Timepiece (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2yo lst fll (1) gd in Oct.