In the opener, Maslak is selected ahead of Arqaam, Nutkin and Royal Jasra. The Godolphin newcomer Arqaam certainly catches the eye on breeding, while Maslak may have been disappointing on the all-weather last time but, prior to that, had shown maiden form that earned a rating in the high 70s, which certainly puts him in the picture here. The James Fanshawe-trained Nutkin showed improvement from run one to two and should have more to come on run three, so give her some thought, while Ed Dunlop's 62,000 guineas newcomer, Royal Jasra, has to be given some thought too. Another interesting debutant is the Terry Mills-trained Royal Rainbow and Tropical Strait has at least shown ability, albeit to a level that is rated in the high 50s. In truth, not too many of these runners have shown much in the way of ability, although Haasem has shown some promise, so we return to the selection, which is Maslak.
Ernmoor 16-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, weakened 3f out, eased final 2f, 12th of 13, 33l behind Lytham (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f Stks (41-45) (7) pol in Jul.
Haasem (USA) 16-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 9l behind Central Force (8-11) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Adore Moi 250-1 (9-4) Raced centre, slowly into stride, went violently right soon after start, headway to chase leaders 6f out, weakened over 3f out, soon behind, last of 13, well behind We'll Come (9-0) at Yarmouth 1m mdn stk (5) gd in May.
Ceris Star (IRE) 100-1 (9-3) Always in rear, last of 13, 14l behind Amazing Request (9-3) at Chepstow 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Sept.
Hugo Quick 66-1 (9-2) In rear after 1f, never a factor, 12th of 14, 15l behind Viva La Flag (8-11) at Sandown 1m 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gs in Jul.
Maslak (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Behind, ridden an outpaced over 2f out, soon weakened, 11th of 12, 17l behind Cape Hawk (9-2) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp (4) pol in Jun.
Royal Rainbow Rainbow Quest gelding, half-brother to middle-distance winner They All Laughed.
Nutkin 50-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, pushed along and outpaced 3f out, shaken up over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Amarna (9-3) at Kempton 1m mdn stk (5) pol.
Fantasy Legend (IRE) 40-1 (8-2) In rear, ridden over 4f out, soon struggling, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Regency Red (8-8) at W'hampton 1m 4f hcap (6) pol in Dec.
Tropical Strait (IRE) 4-1 (9-12) Dwelt, held up, headway when not much room briefly over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd final 100 yards, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Risque Heights (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn aut stk (6) pol.
Lilac Star 13-2 (10-0) In touch, outpaced over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 15, 10l behind Blue Empire (9-4) at Thirsk 1m sll hcp (6) gd.
Arqaam Machiavellian colt out of 1m2f winner Khams-Alhawas.
Royal Jasra Royal Applause colt, half-brother to winners up to 1m4f and over jumps.