Only two favourites have won this in the last 10 years and ante-post jolly Dare To Dance will need to improve again having won over 1m2f on the July course here last month. He's capable of doing so, however, while Questioning has been placed in Listed company this season and is looking to enhance John Gosden's recent good record in this race. Man Of Action bounced back to form at Doncaster last time with Cry Fury behind and should confirm that running, while Sagramor had been progressing well until getting upset in the stalls at Goodwood last time. Red Gulch just keeps on improving and was an impressive winner at Kempton three weeks ago and easy Haydock winner Maraheb is another to consider. However, ALBAQAA is right back to his best judged on his latest win at Goodwood and, if that's the case, he looks too big a price racing off a 2lb lower mark than when successful in similar company at Pontefract last year. The locally-trained six-year-old could be the value.
Arlequin 20-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, hung badly left from 2f out, chased winner approaching final furlong, upsides and every chance when continued to edge left inside final furlong, no extra and held close home, 2nd of 17, hd behind Our Joe Mac (9-3) at York 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gs in Aug.
Nanton (USA) 25-1 (9-12) Held up behind, ridden and switched to outer over 1f out, stayed on well towards finish, not reached winner, 2nd of 11, hd behind Old Hundred (8-10) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp (2) gd.
Proponent (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden and slightly outpaced over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, went 2nd post, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 19, nk behind Boom And Bust (8-10) at Goodwood 1m hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Red Gulch 8-1 (9-8) Broke well, soon in touch, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Kempton 1m hcp (2) pol beating Kajima (9-5) by 1 1/2l, 16 ran.
Pintura 6-1fav (9-0) Led 2f, chased leader, led again over 5f out until over 4f out, led again over 2f out, narrowly headed final 100 yards, kept on gamely, 3rd of 18, 1l behind Navajo Chief (9-3) at York 1m hcp (2) gs in Aug.
Combat Zone (IRE) (9-0) 5th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Primera Vista (8-0) at Baden-Baden(GER) 1m 1f hcap.
Man Of Action (USA) 13-2 (9-2) Held up, headway 1f out, quickened to lead against stands side rail inside final furlong, readily, won at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-110 (2) gf beating Eton Forever (9-10) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Circumvent 14-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, led inside final 2f, ridden and stayed on well final furlong, won at Goodwood 1m 1f hcp 0-100 (2) gs beating Robemaker (8-7) by 1l, 13 ran.
Jutland 25-1 (9-7) In touch on outside, weakened over 3f out, last of 19, 29l behind Taqleed (9-1) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Riggins (IRE) 50-1 (9-1) Prominent, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 6l behind Dubawi Gold (8-9) at Goodwood 1m Grp 2 (1) gs in Aug.
Maraheb 9-2 (9-5) Dwelt, soon led, ridden inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Aug beating Ingleby Exceed (8-5) by 5l, 7 ran.
Harrison George (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Don't Call Me (8-10) at Ayr 1m hcp 105 (2) sft.
Ideology (8-0) 6th of 13, 4l behind Primera Vista (8-0) at Baden-Baden(GER) 1m 1f hcap.
Constant Contact 12-1 (8-10) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, lost place when hampered over 1f out, weakened after, 17th of 18, 15l behind Arlequin (8-5) at Goodwood 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Questioning (IRE) 9-1 (8-11) Held up in last pair, headway on outside and hung left from 2f out, stayed on to 2nd final 100 yards, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 9, nk behind King Torus (8-11) at Haydock 1m Listed stks 3yo (1) gf.
Maqaraat (IRE) 1-4fav (9-2) Mid-division in touch, headway 3f out, led inside final 2f, driven clear approaching final furlong, stayed on well, eased towards finish, easily, won at Haydock 1m mdn stks (5) gd in Jun beating Secret Era (9-2) by 7l, 11 ran.
Sagramor 11-2 (8-7) Resless in stalls, in touch, driven on outside over 2f out, hung right and weakened inside final 2f, 17th of 19, 14l behind Boom And Bust (8-10) at Goodwood 1m hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Credit Swap 20-1 (9-8) Raced keenly, held up in rear, outpaced over 2f out, some headway into mid-division final furlong, never nearer, 9th of 13, 7l behind Circumvent (9-9) at Goodwood 1m 1f hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Shavansky 9-2 (9-8) Slowly into stride, held up behind, ridden and headway on outside over 1f out, never on terms, 8th of 13, 6l behind Circumvent (9-9) at Goodwood 1m 1f hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Albaqaa 10-1 (9-8) Held up towards rear, wide straight, headway on outside ovewr 2f out, hung right under pressure and led well over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Goodwood 1m 1f app hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul beating Night Lily (9-1) by 2l, 16 ran.
Markazzi 15-2 (8-9) In touch on outside, headway stands side over 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never quite going pace to challenge, 5th of 18, 2l behind Navajo Chief (9-3) at York 1m hcp (2) gs in Aug.
Cry Fury 7-2 (8-13) Held up in mid-division, not clear run 2f out, ridden and effort when edged left 1f out, no impression, 8th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Man Of Action (9-2) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-110 (2) gf.
Stevie Thunder 14-1 (9-0) Mid-division on inside, headway over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, led well inside final furlong, kept on, won at Ripon 1m hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Aug beating Dolphin Rock (8-13) by 3/4l, 17 ran.
Tinkertown (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Chased leaders 2f, soon pushed along in last pair, ridden and lost touch over 2f out, tailed off, last of 7, 31l behind Sud Pacifique (8-10) at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Aug.
Prince Of Johanne (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, switched right and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Club Oceanic (9-1) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-110 (2) gd.
Roayh (USA) 5-1 (9-0) Steadied in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to challenge approaching final furlong, faded closing stages, 4th of 5, 4l behind Barbican (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2f con stks (3) gd in Aug.
Pendragon (USA) 9-1 (8-8) Mid-division, ridden and outpaced 3f out, kept on again inside final furlong, no threat, 8th of 18, 6l behind Navajo Chief (9-3) at York 1m hcp (2) gs in Aug.
Brick Red 15-2 (9-4) Towards rear of mid-division, ridden and headway towards stands side 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, no impression, 6th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Circumvent (9-9) at Goodwood 1m 1f hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Pires 12-1 (8-10) Never a factor, 15th of 21, 9l behind Castle Bar Sling (8-11) at Curragh 1m hcp gd in Aug.
Desert Romance (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Behind, outpaced 3f out, headway into mid-division over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 7th of 17, 10l behind Stevie Thunder (9-0) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Aug.
Crown Counsel (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Led, headed over 6f out, close up, led again well over 1f out, soon ridden, edged left and headed, no extra towards finish, 5th of 10, 2l behind Man Of Action (9-2) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-110 (2) gf.
Nice Style (IRE) 8-1 (9-13) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Haylaman (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Dare To Dance (IRE) 3-1fav (8-12) In touch, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Aug beating Kirthill (9-5) by 2 1/4l, 15 ran.
First Post (IRE) 40-1 (8-7) Held up towards rear, headway on outside 4f out, chased leaders 2f out, led and hung left inside final 2f, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 19, 6l behind Taqleed (9-1) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Maali (IRE) 1-2fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, stayed on same pace, 4th of 8, 5l behind Garud (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 3yo mdn (5) gf in Aug.