Glen Shiel had Art Power back in fourth and Happy Power further behind when winning this last year though could only finished third to Vadream in a Group 3 here a fortnight ago. The latter should go well again but the former’s stablemate DRAGON SYMBOL makes more appeal. Archie Watson’s charge finished in front of both Rohaan and Gustavus Weston in the Flying Five at the Curragh last time and was demoted for bumping a rival in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup over track and trip back in June having passed the post in first. Creative Force came up short back over 6f for the Sprint Cup at Haydock having earlier been beaten a neck by Kinross in the Lennox Stakes over 7f at Goodwood. Minzaal placed in last year’s Middle Park over track and trip and has a recent reappearance here under his belt while Brando is still capable at this level on his day and is preferred to Happy Romance.
Ainsdale 28-1 (9-2) Always prominent near side rail, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, lost two places towards finish, 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Vadream (8-12) at Ascot 6f Grp 3 stks (1) hvy in Oct.
Art Power (IRE) 4-5fav (9-7) Prominent in 2nd, travelling smoothly and on terms from 2f out, led over 1f out, quickly asserted and stayed on well, easily, won at Curragh 6f Grp 3 stks (1) gd in Sep beating Twilight Spinner (9-2) by 5l, 9 ran.
Azano 18-1 (9-0) Led, four lengths clear 3f out, ridden under 2f out, strongly pressed over 1f out, stayed on well, found extra to forge on near finish, won at Redcar 7f lst stks (1) gd in Oct beating Glesga Gal (8-7) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Brando 5-6fav (9-0) Slowly away, held up last in touch, ridden and headway well over 1f out, kept on, always held, 3rd of 4, 2 1/4l behind Danzeno (9-8) at Beverley 5f stks (2) gd in Sep.
Glen Shiel 9-4fav (9-2) Quickly away, led, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, lost 2nd 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Vadream (8-12) at Ascot 6f Grp 3 stks (1) hvy in Oct.
Gustavus Weston (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, close 4th halfway, ridden 2f out, no extra over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 13, 4 1/4l behind Romantic Proposal (9-3) at Curragh 5f Grp 1 stks (1) gd in Sep.
Happy Power (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Chased leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened final 75 yards, 6th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Lavender's Blue (9-1) at Goodwood 1m Grp 2 (1) gf in Aug.
Kinross 3-1 (9-2) Help up, headway 2f out, stayed on, 4th of 16, 4l behind Space Blues (9-2) at ParisLongchamp 7f Grp 1 (1) hvy in Oct.
Creative Force (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Mid-division, pushed along 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, held inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Emaraaty Ana (9-3) at Haydock 6f Grp 1 stks (1) gf in Sep.
Dragon Symbol 5-2fav (9-5) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden to close 2f out, challenged 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra closing stages, 4th of 13, 1 1/4l behind Romantic Proposal (9-3) at Curragh 5f Grp 1 stks (1) gd in Sep.
Minzaal (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Held up in mid-division, headway chasing leaders approaching final 2f, ridden and ran on into 2nd inside final furlong, never going pace to reach winner, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Tis Marvellous (9-3) at Ascot 5f lst stks (1) sft in Oct.
Nando Parrado 28-1 (9-1) Raced keenly, mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, weakened 1f out, last of 11, 8l behind Emaraaty Ana (9-3) at Haydock 6f Grp 1 stks (1) gf in Sep.
Rohaan (IRE) 18-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride and behind, ridden and closer under 2f out, kept on well inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 2l behind Romantic Proposal (9-3) at Curragh 5f Grp 1 stks (1) gd in Sep.
Thunder Moon (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Mid-division on inner, ridden 2f out, close 5th 1f out, no extra final furlong, 9th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Real Appeal (9-10) at Leopardstown 1m Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep.
Highfield Princess (FR) 9-4fav (9-3) Pulled hard, led, ridden and ran on gamely when strongly pressed inside final furlong, headed and no extra in 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 14, 1 1/4l behind With Thanks (9-0) at Ascot 7f lst fll stks (1) sft in Oct.
Keep Busy (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Chased leaders out wide, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 4th of 8, 4 1/4l behind Tis Marvellous (9-3) at Ascot 5f lst stks (1) sft in Oct.
Last Empire 33-1 (8-12) Led to 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 16, 6 1/4l behind Space Blues (9-2) at ParisLongchamp 7f Grp 1 (1) hvy in Oct.
Happy Romance (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Towards rear, headway and pushed along over 1f out, kept on well final furlong, went third inside final furlong, lost third final strides, 4th of 11, 3/4l behind Emaraaty Ana (9-3) at Haydock 6f Grp 1 stks (1) gf in Sep.
Vadream 6-1 (8-12) Held up in mid-division, headway chasing leaders over 2f out, went 2nd 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on gamely, won at Ascot 6f Grp 3 stks (1) hvy in Oct beating King's Lynn (9-2) by 1l, 12 ran.
Ventura Diamond (IRE) 50-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, off the pace towards rear, headway chasing leaders 2f out, not clear run and switched left inside final 2f, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on well towards finish, not reach leading duo, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Vadream (8-12) at Ascot 6f Grp 3 stks (1) hvy in Oct.