A quality Listed contest here and although last year's winner Caracciola continues to bely his veteran status, he looks vulnerable to AGE OF REASON, while Munsef and Highland Glen are others with claims. To the selection first though and Age Of Reason was a winner over this trip at Meydan in February. He tried to add to that over two miles at the same track last time and was only just held, and both pieces of form are very smart in the context of this race. The fast ground will suit him today and he looks capable of winning again. Munsef has more ability than most of these and handles the ground very well. His issue appears to be stamina, and while he has been prolific over 1m 4f and has also scored over 1m 5f, he doesn't seem to get much further than that in a genuine gallop. Highland Glen is another Godolphin performer and he is stepped up to this trip for the first time. Pedigree suggests that he could find some improvement for that and he is feared. Caracciola has bottomless stamina and goes on any ground, while his Queen Alexandra success and a win in this race last year were wonderful efforts for a gelding who has enjoyed an Indian Summer to his career. He is certainly not dismissed today, though we prefer to side with the more youthful Age Of Reason.
Shahwardi (FR) (9-1) 3rd of 6, 5l behind Pouvoir Absolu (9-4) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 4f Listed stks hvy in Apr.
Aajel (USA) 13-2 (9-1) Led, set steady pace until increased tempo 7f out, ridden and hung left over 1f out, stayed on until headed and not quicken final 100 yards, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Illustrious Blue (9-1) at Ascot 2m Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.
Age of Reason (UAE) 11-4 (8-13) 2nd of 12, nk behind Sabotage (8-8) at Meydan(UAE) 2m stks gf in Feb.
Caracciola (GER) 11-1 (9-7) Soon chased leader, ridden 3f out, lost 2nd over 2f out, weakened, 4th of 10, 18l behind Schiaparelli (9-7) at Goodwood 2m Grp 2 (1) gd in Jul.
Halla San 9-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden and effort on outside over 2f out, stayed on and chance final furlong, held towards finish, 3rd of 17, 1l behind Mamlook (8-12) at Chester 2m 3f hcp (2) gd.
Highland Glen 9-2 (8-12) Held up, good headway 2f out, led final furlong, won at Meydan(UAE) 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-105 in Feb beating Monte Alto (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 14 ran.
Macarthur 25-1 (9-10) In touch, lost place halfway, rallied and switched left over 1f out, kept on, 8th of 17, 10l behind Tinaar (8-9) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gs.
Mojave Moon 15-2 (8-11) Wide most of way, held up in 8th, pushed along 3f out, no progress and soon beaten, tailed off, last of 10, 46l behind Illustrious Blue (9-1) at Ascot 2m Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.
Munsef 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, led over 5f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Harbinger (9-3) at Chester 1m 5f Grp 3 (1) gs.
Tactic 9-2 (8-12) Tracked leaders, headway 4f out, led over 2f out, soon ridden and carried head high, headed over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, always held, 2nd of 5, 1l behind King Of Wands (8-8) at Ripon 1m 4f stks (3) gf in Apr.
Starfala 20-1 (8-7) Held up last, pushed along over 4f out, soon 4th, stayed on on inside from 2f out, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Barshiba (8-7) at Ascot 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gf.