Kuda Huraa is proving difficult to train and it's been just over a year since the 190,000gns gelding was well beaten on his debut at Newbury. The betting may provide the best clue to his chances on his return while ESHAAB doesn't inspire much confidence either given he's been a beaten odds-on favourite in both starts this year. He gets another chance to make amends here, however, as the returning Hyperlink raced no further than a mile last season and has his stamina to prove. The newcomer Al Faylasoof is related to three winners in America and won't have to be anything special to figure in this.
Bollistick 80-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, pushed along and outpaced from over 3f out, 5th of 7, 11l behind Priors Gold (9-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Ghaabesh (IRE) (8-11) 3rd of 0, 2 1/2l behind Mindbend (9-0) at Le Pin Du Haras(FR) 1m 4f stk gs in Oct.
Kuda Huraa (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Prominent, led after 2f, hard driven when headed over 2f out, faded, 10th of 14, 22l behind World Domination (9-3) at Newbury 1m 3f 3yo mdn (4) gf in Apr '11.
On Command (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway over 2f out, no impression over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 14l behind Devon Drum (10-12) at Newbury 1m 4f 4yo nhf (5) gd in Mar.
Tiger Girl 66-1 (9-8) Towards rear, driven over 3f out, kept on under pressure final 2f, never near leaders, 8th of 11, 21l behind Bob's World (8-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Al Faylasoof (USA) Lemon Drop Kid colt out of Mahhdooda.
Eshaab (USA) 4-11fav (8-5) Held up in 5th, headway over 3f out, went 2nd 2f out, carried wide entering straight, led briefly 1f out, soon ridden, not quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Bob's World (8-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Hyperlink (IRE) 5-2 (9-3) Led, ridden over 2f out, soon pressed, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 10l behind Gabrial's Star (9-3) at Hamilton 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft in Sep.