Total Star ended last year with victory in a novices race and should be winning handicaps this year while Red Ensign and Zumurudee are better than their latest runs suggest. Curlew River and Solajan won maiden races over today’s trip on the all-weather last time while Ghayya was well beaten in Qatar back in February. ELUCIDATION never recovered from losing his position in a race at Newmarket on his return but he gets another chance in this with Ryan Moore staying loyal and much better expected.
Total Star 6-4jfav (9-8) Made all, ridden over 1f out, kept on towards finish, won at Kempton 1m stks (4) pol in Sep beating Euginio (9-8) by 3/4l, 4 ran.
Zumurudee (USA) 7-2 (9-0) 10th of 12, dist behind Cosmo Charlie (9-0) at Meydan 1m 1f lst fst in Mar.
Red Ensign (IRE) 7-2 (9-4) Tracked leader, effort over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 4, 6 3/4l behind Khafoo Shememi (9-4) at Kempton 1m stks (2) pol in Apr.
Elucidation (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) In touch, pushed along over 3f out, never a factor, 7th of 10, 5 1/2l behind Middle Kingdom (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp (3) gf in Apr.
Ghayyar (IRE) (9-2) 11th of 14, 8l behind Mr Scaramanga (9-2) at Doha 1m Grp 2 (1) gd in Feb.
Plant Pot Power (IRE) 11-2 (8-13) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, faded final furlong, 5th of 6, 5 1/2l behind Commander Cole (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f (2) pol in Nov.
Curlew River 3-1 (9-0) Made all, pushed along and edged left over 1f out, ridden and edged right inside final furlong, ran on, won at Chelmsford City 1m 2f mdn fll stks (4) pol in Apr beating Pure Shores (9-0) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
Drochaid 7-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Mustarrid (9-6) at Chelmsford City 1m hcp (4) pol in Apr.
Solajan (IRE) 9-4jfav (9-5) Pulled hard, tracked leaders, led halfway, ridden over 1f out, driven and edged right inside final furlong, all out, won at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar beating Waterville Dancer (9-5) by 1/2l, 6 ran.