Several of these might be suited by a stiffer test of stamina nowadays including last year's winner Hanoverian Baron and Kansai Spirit, who completed last season's hat-trick over 1m6f at Haydock. Deauville Flyer also stays further though he did beat THE FONZ over C&D at this meeting last year. Sir Michael Stoute's five-year-old is fractionally worse off at the weights today but did improve afterwards and made a very satisfactory reappearance over this trip at Newmarket, despite pulling too hard for his own good. That run will have blown away a few cobwebs and he can return to winning ways here. None of Mark Johnston's trio can be ignored but the progressive Awsaal faces a stiff task under top weight.
Awsaal 9-2 (9-4) Held up mid-division on outside, headway to lead over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon clear, kept on well, won at Haydock 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May '10 beating Private Story (9-7) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Kansai Spirit (IRE) 4-1fav (9-2) Mid-division on outside, headway when hung left 3f out, led well over 1f out, soon ridden, edged left and kept on under pressure inside final furlong, won at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Sep beating Red Cadeaux (9-5) by 3/4l, 16 ran.
The Fonz 7-1 (9-0) Keen held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 12, 7l behind Times Up (9-10) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Hanoverian Baron 9-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened final furlong, last of 16, 32l behind Precision Break (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-110 (2) gd in Sep.
Chilly Filly (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, ridden along in rear, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 8th of 16, 7l behind Vulcanite (8-10) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gs in Oct.
Deauville Flyer 7-2 (9-6) In touch, pushed along over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 6th of 10, 5l behind Montaff (9-11) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Apr.
Mataaleb 40-1 (8-11) Held up in rear, headway on outside from over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, closed on winner and strong challenge close home, just failed, 2nd of 16, shd behind Verdant (9-7) at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Jul.
Averroes (IRE) 9-2fav (9-1) Close up, ridden to chase leader over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 6th of 15, 8l behind Cosmic Sun (9-0) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Apr.
English Summer 11-4fav (9-8) Led 2f remained prominent, led again over 3f out, headed approaching final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Momkinzain (8-7) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-95 (3) fm.
Tepmokea (IRE) 10-1 (8-6) Raced keenly, soon led, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, one pace and no impression final furlong, 8th of 22, 6l behind Times Up (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (2) gs in Nov.
Bowdler's Magic 11-4fav (8-13) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, soon under pressure, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Beaubrav (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Mar.
Montparnasse (IRE) 4-1 (8-7) Held up in last pair, ridden and struggling over 3f out, never a factor, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Investissement (9-3) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Crackentorp 7-2 (9-7) In touch and keen, ridden over 2f out, kept on to take 3rd close home, 3rd of 9, 11l behind Becausewecan (9-4) at Hamilton 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Antigua Sunrise (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 18, 3 1/2l behind Line Of Duty (9-7) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Lovers Causeway (USA) 9-1 (9-3) Dwelt, soon tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 15th of 18, 16l behind Line Of Duty (9-7) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Royal Swain (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Held up mid-division, headway to chase winner over 4f out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Becausewecan (9-4) at Hamilton 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Dazzling Light (UAE) 14-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders approaching final furlong, never on terms, 4th of 14, 9l behind High Office (9-2) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.