Magnus Maximus can only improve on his debut third at Newbury and Richard Hughes prefers him to stablemates Manor Way and Strait Run, though the form doesn't look particularly strong and a number of the newcomers in this have attractive pedigrees. Belrog cost 110,000gns and Indus River was a 120,000 euros purchase and is a half-brother to three winners. Orion's Bow is closely related to the smart Heaven Sent among others while Roger Charlton trained the winner of this last year so Skilled also comes into the reckoning. FIELD OF FAME is from the same family as miler Maraaheb and looks a likely sort. He gets a tentative vote in a race which should provide several future clues.
Arab Dawn 14-1 (9-5) Always in rear, last of 10, 19l behind Windshear (9-5) at Sandown 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft in Sep.
Belrog New Approach colt out of Millennium Dash.
Black Schnapps (IRE) Manduro colt out of Ornellaia.
Field Of Fame Champs Elysees colt out of Aswaaq.
Galizzi (USA) Dansili colt out of Dancing Abbie.
Gannicus 50-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, pushed along and outpaced over 2f out, no chance after, 6th of 9, 9l behind Spark Plug (9-5) at Bath 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sep.
Indus River (IRE) New Approach colt out of Tarbela.
Kisanji Teofilo colt out of Al Kamah.
Magnus Maximus 11-2 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, stayed on to well held 2nd final 75 yards until post, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Extremity (9-5) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Sep.
Manor Way (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Slowly away, in rear, pushed along over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, nearest at finish, 4th of 7, 7l behind Davids Park (9-5) at Chepstow 7f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Sep.
Moscato Hernando gelding out of Alba Stella.
Orion's Bow Pivotal colt out of Heavenly Ray.
Skilled Mastercraftsman gelding out of Treacle.
Strait Run (IRE) Rock Of Gibraltar colt out of Gentlemen's Guest.
Tuddenham (USA) Latent Heat colt out of Storming On.
Winter Spice (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 10l behind Barley Mow (9-5) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug.