Shadow Hunter beat Kurland and favourite Ornate in a Listed race at York last month but the latter was conceding 5lb that day and can come out on top this time. Bear Cheek beat Independence Day in a Group 3 at the Curragh and can confirm that form, despite worse terms, though his stable is struggling for winners at present. GUTAIFAN led until approaching the final furlong in the Prix Morny at Deauville last time. He had the pace to win over 5f at Chester earlier this year and looks the one to beat here having finished ahead of Windsor Castle runner-up Areen when successful in a Group 2 at Maisons-Lafitte in July. Stablemate Log Out Island is also very speedy and could make the frame.
Areen (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 7 1/4l behind Ajaya (9-0) at York 6f Grp 2 stks (1) gd in Aug.
Gutaifan (IRE) 7-2fav (8-13) 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Shalaa (8-13) at Deauville 6f Grp 1 (1) sft in Aug.
Independence Day (IRE) 2-1fav (9-3) Chased leader, 3rd halfway, ridden to go 2nd 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Bear Cheek (9-0) at Curragh 5f Grp 3 stks (1) gf in Aug.
Log Out Island (IRE) 6-4fav (8-13) 2nd of 8, 3l behind Yakaba (8-10) at Deauville 5f lst stks (1) sft in Aug.
Ornate Evensfav (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner inside final furlong, no extra and lost two places towards finish, 4th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Shadow Hunter (8-9) at York 5f lst stks (1) gd in Aug.
Bear Cheek (IRE) 13-8fav (9-0) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, progress to lead 1f out, ridden and kept on well inside final furlong, won at Curragh 5f Grp 3 stks (1) gf in Aug beating Independence Day (9-3) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Kurland (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Led narrowly, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Shadow Hunter (8-9) at York 5f lst stks (1) gd in Aug.
Love On The Rocks (IRE) 5-4fav (9-0) Made all, clear final furlong, kept on well, won at Bath 5f mdn stks (6) fm in Aug beating Florencio (9-5) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Shadow Hunter (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Pressed leader until led over 1f out, ridden out, readily, won at York 5f lst stks (1) gd in Aug beating Rouleau (9-0) by nk, 9 ran.