Sir Graham Wade developed into a smart performer over middle-distances and further last season, winning six times. He ended the campaign with victory in a Listed race in Nantes but only a nose separated Mark Johnston's grey and CAVALEIRO over this trip at Ascot in October and Marcus Tregoning's four-year-old is 3lb better off here. He began last season with a third in the Derby Trial at Lingfield so goes well fresh and can land this. The Bull Hayes is the only one of these to have seen recent action on the Flat but simply doesn't look good enough while Handazan has been struggling for an extra gear over hurdles. The mare Testosterone could be interesting, however, as she won a Group 3 at Saint-Cloud in 2011 and was highly tried last year.
Flying Cross (IRE) 3-1fav (8-11) 5th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Terre Du Vent (8-11) at Deauville(FR) 1m 7f Listed stks (1) gs in Jul '11.
Sir Graham Wade (IRE) (8-8) won at Nantes(FR) 1m 4f stks hvy in Oct beating Opera Vert (9-1) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
The Bull Hayes (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Soon led, strongly challenged over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Lady Kashaan (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Mar.
Cavaleiro (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance when carried slightly left inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Biographer (9-0) at Ascot 1m 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Oct.
Handazan (IRE) 6-1 (8-10) Niggled along from start, soon led, headed under 2f out, 3rd 1f out, no extra and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Aklan (8-10) at Roscommon 1m 4f Listed stks (1) sft in Jul.
Jaaryah (IRE) 9-1 (10-0) Soon in rear but in touch, weakened over 3f out, soon tailed off, last of 5, 34l behind Require (8-9) at Doncaster 1m 4f flls hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Jul.
Lily In Pink 20-1 (9-3) Towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd final 50 yards and closed on 2nd but no chance with winner, 3rd of 14, 2 3/4l behind Gallipot (8-9) at Newmarket 1m 4f fll lst stks (1) gd in Sep.
Testosterone (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, some on outside over 1f out, plugged on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 7l behind Sapphire (9-3) at Ascot 1m 4f Grp 2 flls (1) sft in Oct.
Earth Amber 6-1 (8-9) 2nd of 8, 2l behind Les Beaufs (9-3) at Deauville(FR) 1m 5f 3yo stk sft in Aug.