Intimidate is clearly the best of those with previous experience but he's not really progressed in his last two runs, which is a bit of a worry. We'd rather take a chance on Sir Michael Stoute's debutant PERSEPOLIS, who is from the same family as top miler Grand Lodge and still holds an entry in this month's Racing Post Trophy. There is plenty of speed in Red Valerian's pedigree while Tenor is out of a winning miler in France and could be a better long-term prospect than Roger Varian's other runner Duroble Man. Mazaaher will almost certainly do better next year.
Alfie's Rose 12-1 (9-3) Bumped and slowly into stride, held up towards rear, took keen hold, ridden 3f out, well beaten over 1f out, 9th of 10, 16l behind Secretinthepark (9-3) at Warwick 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Aug.
Duroble Man 8-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden on outside 2f out, never on terms, 12th of 13, 26l behind Flying Officer (9-3) at Sandown 1m 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
High Troja (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Dwelt in rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 13, 9l behind Buckstay (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep.
Intimidate 11-8fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and raced awkwardly from 2f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 16, 2l behind Penny Rose (8-12) at Leicester 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sep.
Mazaaher Elnadim colt out of Elutrah.
Persepolis (IRE) Dansili colt out of La Persiana.
Red Pilgrim (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never nearer, 6th of 10, 10l behind Flow (9-3) at Yarmouth 1m 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Red Valerian (IRE) Royal Applause colt out of Hidden Heart.
Tenor (IRE) Oratorio colt out of Cedar Sea.