Godolphin won this last year but Oakham may need more time and stable companion Backstage Tour needs to improve on his latest third at Brighton to figure here. Sicur was only beaten a short-head over a mile a Doncaster last month before running Autun to a neck over the same trip at Nottingham. He has the beating of Train Hard on that run and deserves a change of luck but there isn't a great deal between Luca Cumani's colt and DISCLAIMER on the form book and this longer trip is also going to suit the Cecil representative. Like Sicur, he also has an entry in next year's Epsom Derby and has already proved he handles soft ground. Borodino and Gods Gift are open to improvement but may find this company too hot.
Backstage Tour 11-8 (8-12) Led, headed narrowly over 4f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Sesentum (9-0) at Brighton 1m 2yo mdn (4) hvy.
Borodino (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, outpaced over 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, no impression, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind How's Life (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Disclaimer 3-1fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, effort 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong, just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Bit Of A Gift (9-3) at Redcar 7f 2yo mdn (5) sft.
Gods Gift (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Slowly away towards rear, pushed along and headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd towards finish, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Now Spun (9-3) at Leicester 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft.
Oakham 7-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, outpaced in rear, struggling halfway, eased over 2f out, 12th of 13, 42l behind Dundonnell (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn aut (6) gf in Aug.
Sicur 5-2 (9-0) Dwelt keen soon in touch, headway to join winner entering final furlong, ridden and ran on, always held, 2nd of 9, nk behind Autun (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2yo mdn (5) gs.
Train Hard 15-2 (9-3) Chased leader, challenged and every chance 2f out, soon carried right, ridden over 1f out, soon hung left and weakened final furlong, 6th of 10, 12l behind Regal Hawk (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol.
Distant Sunrise 66-1 (8-12) Raced wide held up, pushed along 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 9, 25l behind Autun (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2yo mdn (5) gs.