Pallasator won this in 2015 but hasn’t been at his best so far this season and headgear is applied today. But SHEIKHZAYEDROAD (NAP) hit top form at this time last year when landing this contest before winning on Champions Day at Newmarket. David Simcock’s charge needs to reverse latest running in the Lonsdale Cup at York with the penalised Montaly and may well do so on better terms. The latter also beat High Jinx and Thomas Hobson at York and has a leading chance in this while Desert Skyline keeps threatening to score at this level but found one too good in a Group 2 France last time having placed in the Goodwood Cup when ahead of She Is No Lady. Clever Cookie was well beaten in last year’s renewal and Fun Mac was behind Montaly in the Chester Cup earlier.
Montaly 16-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, driven and headway on outside 2f out, ridden to chase front pair over 1f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, led post, won at York 2m Grp 2 stks (1) gd in Aug beating Dartmouth (9-6) by ns, 9 ran.
Clever Cookie 20-1 (9-8) Towards rear of mid-division on outside, driven and outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 6th of 19, 5 1/2l behind Nakeeta (9-5) at York 1m 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Fun Mac (GER) (8-13) won at Maisons-Laffitte 1m 7f lst stks gd in Jul beating Vent De Force (8-13) by shd, 10 ran.
High Jinx (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Soon led, driven and headed over 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace under pressure from over 1f out, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Montaly (9-3) at York 2m Grp 2 stks (1) gd in Aug.
Pallasator (9-4) 6th of 10, 7 1/2l behind Marmelo (9-4) at Deauville 1m 7f Grp 2 gd in Aug.
Sheikhzayedroad 15-2 (9-3) Mid-division, headway when not clear run over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, took 4th near finish, not reach leaders, 4th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Montaly (9-3) at York 2m Grp 2 stks (1) gd in Aug.
Thomas Hobson 4-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, headway to lead over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra and lost place inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 4 3/4l behind Montaly (9-3) at York 2m Grp 2 stks (1) gd in Aug.
She Is No Lady 33-1 (9-4) Dwelt, soon tracking leaders on outside, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, plugged on, lost 4th towards finish, 5th of 14, 9 1/2l behind Stradivarius (8-8) at Goodwood 2m Grp 1 stks (1) gd in Aug.
Desert Skyline (IRE) (8-7) 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Marmelo (9-4) at Deauville 1m 7f Grp 2 gd in Aug.