gave problems loading and restless in stalls, well away, raced keenly chasing winner, travelling well 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, never going pace to challenge
The Tin Man won this in 2016 and arrives in fine form having landed the Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock in testing ground. He narrowly beat Brando that day with Donjuan Triumphant, Sands Of Mali, Harry Angel, Tasleet and Sir Dancealot all further behind and it would be no surprise if James Fanshawe’s charge came out best once again. But he was beaten, along with several of the above, in last year’s renewal by LIBRISA BREEZE. The latter has his ground for the first time since landing this prize and Dean Ivory’s sprinter may prove a bit of value today given his failure to win so far this season. Harry Angel is a dual Group 1 winner but has developed an aversion to the starting stalls of late while Limato has been winning lower grade contests and beat Projection at Newmarket before the latter won a Group 3 here with Dream Of Dreams not far behind. Son Of Rest went close in a Group 1 sprint over 5f at the Curragh before landing the Ayr Gold Cup but this is tougher.
Bacchus (9-4) 19th of 20, 18 1/4l behind Polydream (8-10) at Deauville 6f Grp 1 stks gd in Aug.
Brando 14-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind The Tin Man (9-3) at Haydock 6f Grp 1 stks (1) hvy in Sep.
Donjuan Triumphant (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, ran on, 4th of 12, 2 1/4l behind The Tin Man (9-3) at Haydock 6f Grp 1 stks (1) hvy in Sep.
Dream Of Dreams (IRE) 10-11fav (9-2) Tracked leader, switched right over 4f out to race towards centre and led this pair, ridden and hung badly left over 1f out, led approaching final furlong, driven inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 4, nk behind Projection (9-2) at Ascot 6f Grp 3 stks (1) sft in Oct.
Harry Angel (IRE) 6-4fav (9-3) Taken to post early, keen led, ridden and headed entering final furlong, soon weakened, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind The Tin Man (9-3) at Haydock 6f Grp 1 stks (1) hvy in Sep.
Librisa Breeze 3-1 (9-6) Tracked leader, effort over 2f out, ridden and unable to quicken inside final 2f, weakened and eased inside final furlong, last of 8, 13 1/4l behind Sir Dancealot (9-9) at Newbury 7f Grp 2 stks (1) gd in Aug.
Limato (IRE) 7-4fav (9-3) Raced wide close up, tracked leaders halfway, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on, won at Newmarket 7f Grp 2 stks (1) gf in Oct beating Zonderland (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Projection 2-1 (9-2) Taken to post early, tracked stand side leader over 4f out, headway approaching final furlong, ridden inside final furlong, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Ascot 6f Grp 3 stks (1) sft in Oct beating Dream Of Dreams (9-2) by nk, 4 ran.
Sir Dancealot (IRE) (9-2) 5th of 16, 2 1/4l behind One Master (8-12) at Longchamp 7f Grp 1 gs in Oct.
Son Of Rest 5-1fav (9-3) Held up towards rear stand side, ridden and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, just held on, won at Ayr 6f hcp (2) hvy in Sep beating Baron Bolt (9-3), 25 ran.
Tasleet 6-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, faded final furlong, 8th of 12, 6 1/4l behind The Tin Man (9-3) at Haydock 6f Grp 1 stks (1) hvy in Sep.
The Tin Man 7-1 (9-3) In touch, headway over 1f out, led entering final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Haydock 6f Grp 1 stks (1) hvy in Sep beating Brando (9-3) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Sands Of Mali (FR) 25-1 (9-1) Close up, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind The Tin Man (9-3) at Haydock 6f Grp 1 stks (1) hvy in Sep.
Speak In Colours 16-1 (9-1) In touch, pushed along over 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 7th of 12, 5 1/4l behind The Tin Man (9-3) at Haydock 6f Grp 1 stks (1) hvy in Sep.