Luca Cumani has a strong hand in the opener. Mobaco has joined the Newmarket handler and doesn't look out of place in this as he's a multiple winner in France including a Group 3. But Kieren Fallon sticks with stablemate AFSARE and the latter is taken to make the most of today's favourable terms. He finished runner-up in the Arlington Million behind subsequent Breeders' Cup Turf winner, Little Mike, in August and should have too much for the likes of Cameron Highland. The latter won a Listed contest at Windsor last season and is preferred to Stipulate, who finished ahead of Boom And Bust when second at Newmarket last month. Rewarded and reckoning have plenty to find in this company.
Mobaco (FR) (8-8) won at Marseille-Borely(FR) 1m 2f Grp 3 gs in Oct beating La Arenosa (8-5) by hd, 8 ran.
Cameron Highland (IRE) 10-11fav (8-10) Raced keenly, led at steady pace, quickened 5f out, ridden and headed 2f out, immediately beaten, tailed off, last of 4, 28l behind Black Spirit (9-3) at Newbury 1m 3f Grp 3 (1) gf in Sep.
Rewarded 16-1 (9-0) Keen in touch, ridden over 2f out, not troubled leaders, 6th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Danadana (9-0) at Chester 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gd.
Stipulate 11-4fav (9-0) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong until near finish, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Fencing (9-0) at Ascot 1m Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gd.
Reckoning (IRE) 9-4fav (8-12) Slowly into stride, took keen hold and soon tracking leaders, lost place and dropped to last pair halfway, headway on outside 3f out, went 3rd 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 7, 6l behind Khione (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 4f fll lst stks (1) gd.
Afsare 11-2 (9-0) Split 1/4, shifted 4wd, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Little Mike (9-0) at Arlington(USA) 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gd in Aug.
Boom And Bust (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Fencing (9-0) at Ascot 1m Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gd.