Prince Bishop hasn't raced since back in March, but that was also the case before he won last year's renewal. However, he carries a penalty this time for winning a Group 1 race at Meydan when Cat O'Mountain was fourth. The third Godolphin runner, Secret Number, has been off the track since October and DANDINO is preferred. The latter won this in 2012 and a good effort at Arlington last month suggests he may well be back to something like his best today. The globe-trotting Red Cadeaux returned to these shores last time but should have done better in the Geoffrey Freer at Newbury while Battalion and Robin Hoods Bay have something to find in this company.
Prince Bishop (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) 9th of 16, 12l behind African Story (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 2f fll stks Grp 1 (1) in Mar.
Robin Hoods Bay 7-2 (9-5) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Grandeur (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol in Apr.
Battalion (IRE) 9-4fav (9-0) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, soon hung left, weakened over 1f out, eased final furlong, 5th of 8, 21l behind Sheikhzayedroad (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gs in Jun.
Cat O'Mountain (USA) 25-1 (9-0) 3rd of 16, 7l behind African Story (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 2f fll stks Grp 1 (1) in Mar.
Dandino 6-1 (8-7) Mid-pack, good finish, 2nd of 11, 1l behind The Pizza Man (8-11) at Arlington(USA) 1m 5f Listed stks (1) fm in Aug.
Red Cadeaux 7-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway on inside tracking leaders over 3f out, squeezed through into 2nd over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, outpaced into 3rd close home, lost 3rd post, 4th of 11, 1 1/2l behind Seismos (9-4) at Newbury 1m 5f Grp 3 (1) gs in Aug.
Secret Number 4-1 (8-7) Tracked leading pair, effort to challenge 2f out, led over 1f out, soon ridden and edged right, kept on well final furlong, won at Ascot 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) gs in Oct beating Royal Empire (9-3) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.