Russian Soul beat Timeless Call a short-head with Abstraction a couple of lengths behind in this last year. The winner now has a penalty to carry for his Group 3 victory at Meydan where he had JAMESIE a length behind and it's the latter who looks the one to be on this time at the revised weights. Tim Pitt sent Sir Maximilian to the Curragh last month where he landed a very strong handicap over this trip before fading over 6f in the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood - he'll definitely be up with the pace throughout. My Good Brother was three lengths behind him at the Curragh but is 6lb better off so should get closer.
Russian Soul (IRE) 13-2 (9-12) Reluctant to go to post, dwelt, held up behind leaders, ridden and went 4th 2f out, 3rd 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 8, shd behind Darwin (9-12) at Fairyhouse 6f Listed stks (1) gf in Jul.
Abstraction (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) 8th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Medicean Man (9-1) at Meydan(UAE) 5f hcp gd in Feb.
Jamesie (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) Chased leaders on outer, ridden 2f out, 4th on outer 1f out, kept on without threatening final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3/4l behind Darwin (9-12) at Fairyhouse 6f Listed stks (1) gf in Jul.
Master Speaker (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, 8th halfway, ridden in 5th 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 10th of 16, 7l behind Sir Maximilian (9-6) at Curragh 5f hcp gd in Jul.
My Good Brother (IRE) 33-1 (9-12) Prominent, 2nd halfway, ridden over 1f out, no extra in 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 16, 3l behind Sir Maximilian (9-6) at Curragh 5f hcp gd in Jul.
Sir Maximilian (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden and edged right over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, not quite pace to challenge, 7th of 24, 3 1/2l behind Intrinsic (8-11) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gf.
Best Be Careful (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) Prominent in 3rd, travelling well halfway, pushed along and bit short of room over 1 1/2f out, no extra, 7th of 9, 11l behind Suburban Sky (8-3) at Cork 5f app hcap.
Little Sweetheart (IRE) 11-2 (9-9) Missed break, soon improved into rear of mid-division, ran freely over 3f out, pushed along under 2f out, soon weakened and no extra, eased 1f out, last of 9, 21l behind Suburban Sky (8-3) at Cork 5f app hcap.
One Chance (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and slightly outpaced 2f out, rallied inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 2l behind Wind Fire (8-12) at Sandown 5f 3yo lst stk (1) gd in Jun.