It's a while since SPIRIT QUARTZ was in the winner's enclosure but three of his last four runs have been in Group 1 company and he was only beaten a neck in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York last August when today's rival Humidor was a further two-and-a-half lengths away in fourth. He should outclass these after a couple of runs at Meydan. Bogart was a smart juvenile but found life more of a struggle last season and was a long way behind the selection and Humidor at York. Swiss Cross and Stepper Point are probably the pick of the remainder but have a lot to find to trouble the principals at the weights.
Bogart 28-1 (9-9) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 18th of 19, 9l behind Ortensia (9-8) at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Aug.
Captain Carey 5-1fav (9-2) Prominent on outer, close 3rd halfway, disputed 2f out, ridden to narrow lead last 100 yards, all out close home, won at Curragh 5f hcp in Jul '11 beating Cheviot (9-5) by hd, 13 ran.
Humidor (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Kavanagh (9-4) at Meydan(UAE) 6f hcp fst in Mar.
Silvanus (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) In touch, chased winner over 2f out to over 1f out, soon ridden, no impression in 4th final furlong, 4th of 7, 10l behind Tangerine Trees (9-1) at Musselburgh 5f cond Stakes (2) gs in Mar.
Spirit Quartz (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) 8th of 16, 8l behind Shea Shea (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Stepper Point 7-1 (8-11) last of 7, 15l behind Monsieur Joe (8-12) at Longchamp(FR) 5f Grp 3 (1) gs in Sep.
Swiss Cross 33-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden 2f out, never a factor, 8th of 9, 5l behind Ladies Are Forever (8-9) at Lingfield 6f Listed stks (1) pol in Feb.
West Coast Dream 28-1 (8-8) Raced stand side, prominent, every chance over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 16, 11l behind Face The Problem (9-7) at Haydock 5f hcp 105 (2) hvy in Sep.