Ground conditions are ideal and, even based on this year's form alone, PENITENT looks a cut above his rivals in this Listed contest. He was second in a Group 3 at Epsom in May and had placed form at Group 1 level on heavy going last year as well as winning a couple of Group 2 races over this trip. Wentworth steps out of handicap company having won the Betfred Mile at Goodwood following a couple of near-misses. He may still be improving but the selection is a class act on his day. Aesop's Fables won a Group 1 at Chantilly last year but this season's efforts have left much to be desired while this looks too sharp for the filly Bana Wu.
Aesop's Fables (USA) 22-1 (9-1) Took keen hold, led after 2f, ridden and headed over 1f out, losing place when hampered inside final furlong, last of 8, 9l behind Afsare (9-1) at Goodwood 1m Grp 2 (1) gd in Aug.
Penitent 11-4fav (9-0) Mid-division, effort on outside 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 9, 8l behind Lockwood (9-0) at Goodwood 7f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Validus 16-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, steady headway on outside over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, eased when held in closing stages, 9th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Mont Ras (8-10) at York 1m hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Boomshackerlacker (IRE) (8-11) 6th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Zhiyi (8-11) at Deauville(FR) 1m 3yo lst stk gd in Jul.
Wentworth (IRE) 6-1 (8-10) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 3f out, switched left to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Goodwood 1m hcp (2) gd in Aug beating Cape Peron (8-12) by 3/4l, 18 ran.
Bana Wu 9-2 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, kept on same pace closing stages, 5th of 10, 4l behind Mango Diva (8-5) at Salisbury 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) gf in Aug.
Westwiththenight (IRE) 9-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 10, 4l behind Zibelina (8-7) at Ascot 1m fll lst stks (1) gd in Jul.