Mutafaakir made a promising start over this trip at Doncaster at the start of the month. But Hamdan Al Maktoum's new retained rider, Paul Hanagan, deserts him here in favour of QANNAAS. Barry Hills may have handed the reins over to son Charles but will still be having an input and the yard has a terrific record in this race, having supplied the winner in four of the last 10 years. The selection was just beaten in a hot maiden over C&D in the autumn and can go one better on his reappearance. Periphery was a short-priced favourite on his return at Yarmouth but well beaten and has a bit to prove now, but Flaxen Flare should be winning soon and it's too early to give up on Poole Harbour. Cogito, Courage and Moss Hill are all newcomers worth noting in the betting.
Cogito (USA) Giant's Causeway colt out of Ladies Cruise.
Courage (IRE) Invincible Spirit gelding out of Mamonta.
Flaxen Flare (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, headed and kept on one pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Rewarded (9-3) at Yarmouth 7f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Oct.
Hometown Glory Compton Place colt out of Pomponette.
Malingering 66-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 10l behind Born To Surprise (9-3) at Doncaster 7f 3yo mdn (5) gd.
Moss Hill Moss Vale gelding out of Borders Belle.
Mutafaakir (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Dwelt, held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, kept on to take 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 6l behind Born To Surprise (9-3) at Doncaster 7f 3yo mdn (5) gd.
Nine Realms Green Desert colt out of Bourbonella.
Paddyfrommenlo (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden and headway entering final furlong, soon edged left, stayed on to go 3rd, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Zimira (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Periphery (USA) Evensfav (8-12) Chased leader, led 2f out, soon diven, headed over 1f out, faded final furlong, 5th of 13, 15l behind Falcon In Flight (8-7) at Yarmouth 1m mdn stks (5) gd.
Poole Harbour (IRE) 4-7fav (9-3) Keen to post, took keen hold, made most on rail, ridden inside final 2f, headed 1f out, weakened towards finish, 5th of 7, 1 3/4l behind Moon Pearl (9-3) at Ascot 6f 2yo mdn (3) gf in Jul.
Qannaas (USA) 11-4 (9-0) Dwelt soon tracked leader, ridden and every chance from over 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Beaufort Twelve (8-11) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Seventeen Seventy 100-1 (8-10) Started slowly, soon detached, tailed off, 9th of 10, 49l behind Flexible Flyer (9-3) at Warwick 7f 3yo mdn (5) sft.