Pembrey's run in the previous race will be a pointer to the chances of Yaa Salam, who finished third to his stablemate here in October. But Dettori prefers the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Shuja, who only found Gregorian too good in a Doncaster maiden in October. Gregorian's trainer, John Gosden, saddles SHANTARAM here and it's the Sandown runner-up that gets the vote to go one better. All That Rules, Model Pupil and Rainbow Gold should all improve on their initial efforts and could be interesting but the market will probably be the best guide to the chances of newcomers Sash Of Honour and Suraj, and Humungosaur looks very exposed compared to his rivals.
All That Rules 10-3 (9-3) Mid-division, ran green and edged left from over 1f out, ridden and ran on towards finish, not reach leaders (improve), 6th of 11, 1 3/4l behind Restaurateur (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Humungosaur 2-1fav (9-3) Soon led, headed over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Jupiter Storm (9-3) at Brighton 1m 2yo mdn (4) gf in Oct.
Model Pupil 16-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, soon steadied in touch, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd closing stages, 3rd of 15, 1l behind Mighty Ambition (9-3) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sep.
Rainbow Gold 8-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 7th of 10, 8l behind Chil The Kite (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 2yo mdn aut (5) gs in Aug.
Sash Of Honour (IRE) Galileo colt out of Adoration.
Shantaram 11-2 (9-3) Held up in last trio, good headway on outside 2f out, strong run to 2nd final 120 yards, closing quickly on winner last strides, just failed, 2nd of 13, ns behind Emmuska (8-12) at Sandown 1m 2yo mdn (5) gd in Sep.
Shuja (USA) 7-1 (9-3) Rearing in stalls, well away, held up in touch, pushed along over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd final 100 yards, no chance with winner, 2nd of 16, 4l behind Gregorian (9-3) at Doncaster 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Oct.
Suraj Galileo colt out of Maid Of Killeen.
Yaa Salam 7-2 (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Almuftarris (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Yazdi (IRE) Galileo colt out of Lucky Spin.
Soho Spirit Nayef filly out of Cruinn A Bhord.