Although Noble Mission won at this level back in 2012 he appears more comfortable in Listed company and faces a couple of very smart younger horses. Sky Hunter won four out of five for Andre Fabre, his only defeat came in Group 1 company at Longchamp. He'll handle the going though a long absence could just sway things the way of TELESCOPE. Sir Michael Stoute's colt just manages to avoid a penalty for his superb victory in York's Great Voltigeur and connections bypassed the St Leger to keep him fresh for what should be a big season with two Group 1s already on the horizon. Contributer doesn't quite look up to the quality of the three mentioned above though his fitness is guaranteed after a comfortable Listed victory at Kempton and he has more scope than Winter Derby hero Robin Hoods Bay.
Robin Hoods Bay 7-2 (9-5) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Grandeur (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol.
Contributer (IRE) 2-1fav (9-0) Keen tracked leader, switched left and led entering final 2f, ridden out, won at Kempton 1m 2f Listed stks (1) pol in Mar beating Modernstone (8-9) by 2l, 6 ran.
Empire Storm (GER) 25-1 (9-0) 10th of 16, 9l behind Shuruq (8-9) at Meydan(UAE) 1m Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1) in Mar.
Noble Mission 11-4fav (9-0) Towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden to challenge winner from over 1f out, ran on but always looked held, 2nd of 9, nk behind Cubanita (9-0) at Newbury 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) gd.
Sky Hunter (9-2) won at Vichy(FR) 1m 4f 3yo stk gd in Jul beating Kapour (9-2) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
Telescope (IRE) 5-4fav (8-12) Took keen hold tracking leading pair, challenged going well 3f out, soon led, driven and stayed on strongly final furlong, won at York 1m 4f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Aug beating Foundry (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.