Sir Michael Stoute trained last year’s winner with Ryan Moore in the saddle and the pair team up again with CALCULATION. He only beat Mondain by a half-a-length over course and distance in July but improved again to score easily against older horses at Chelmsford and is developing into a useful stayer. The yard also run Nottingham winner Laafy, who will enjoy conditions and is among a number of dangers who also arrive in form. First In Line was beaten under a length in the Melrose at York but has gone up another 4lb. Moon King has rattled up a five-timer over this trip this year but this is his toughest task to date. Trueshan hasn’t been stopping over 1m4f but the handicapper has taken no chances on his handicap debut. Alemagna easily landed the odds at Goodwood and also has plenty of scope so is preferred to course winner Elysian Flame and the others.
First In Line 3-1fav (9-7) Chased leader until over 4f out, came wide to stands side straight, ridden over 2f out, every chance 1f out, ran on, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Hamish (9-3) at York 1m 6f hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Ranch Hand 16-1 (9-1) Held up mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 5th of 9, 11 1/2l behind Spanish Mission (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 5f Grp 3 stks (1) gf in Jul.
Trueshan (FR) 9-2 (9-9) Chased leaders, led over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Ffos Las 1m 4f stks (5) gd in Aug beating Caravan Of Hope (9-2) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Calculation 4-5fav (8-13) Made all, sent clear over 2f out, ran on strongly, won at Chelmsford City 1m 5f hcp (3) pol in Aug beating Matchmaking (9-6) by 6l, 4 ran.
Moon King (FR) 6-5fav (9-7) Chased leader, led over 2f out, drew clear from over 1f out, easily, won at Chester 1m 6f hcp (3) gd in Jul beating Gabrial The One (9-7) by 7l, 4 ran.
Laafy (USA) 2-1fav (8-10) In rear, soon close up, chased leader, ridden over 1f out, led final furlong, kept on well, won at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp (3) hvy in Aug beating Not So Sleepy (10-0) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Elysian Flame 9-1 (8-0) Held up in last trio, good headway on wide outside 3f out, chased leader inside final 2f, led over 1f out, ran on well, easily, won at Hamilton 1m 4f hcp (3) hvy in Aug beating Dark Lochnagar (8-7) by 3 1/2l, 13 ran.
Mondain 10-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, took closer order over 4f out, chased leaders over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 6, 8l behind Starczewski (8-6) at Chelmsford City 1m 6f hcp (2) pol in Aug.
Gabrials Boy 5-1 (9-5) Held up off the pace in 4th, closer in 3rd 3f out, 2nd inside final 2f, soon closed, stayed on inside final furlong to lead towards finish, won at Ripon 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd in Aug beating Narynkol (9-12) by nk, 7 ran.
Zoffee 5-4fav (9-6) Led and soon clear, reduced lead 6f out, went clear again over 3f out, ridden and reduced lead over 1f out, headed final 50 yards, tried to rally, just held, 2nd of 7, hd behind Tammooz (9-5) at Windsor 1m 3f hcp (4) gd in Aug.
Alemagna 10-11fav (8-6) Held up tracking leaders in 4th, closer on outside in 3rd 4f out, went 2nd and edged right briefly over 2f out, ridden and stayed on from over 1f out, led inside final furlong, won going away, won at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp fll (3) gd in Aug beating Quicksand (9-2) by 2l, 5 ran.
Jackamundo (FR) 9-4fav (8-5) Tracked leaders on outside, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Nicholas T (9-12) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp (3) sft in Jul.