REYNALDOTHEWIZARD won this for the third time when coming with a strong late run to catch Muarrab a year ago. Now twelve, he had his greatest day when landing the Golden Shaheen in 2013 but was returning from a long break a year ago and can repeat the process. The runner-up had won the Shaheen in 2016 and looked a certainly in this last year when clear in the straight but was reeled in by his great rival, who had beaten him even further in 2015. He returned with an impressive victory over Comicas and My Catch last month but the placed horses will be sharper for the outing and the runner-up's second to Mind Your Biscuits in last year's Shaheen was an outstanding effort. My Catch had beaten the winner comfortably just over a year ago so is no forlorn hope.
Reynaldothewizard (USA) 9-1 (9-6) 8th of 14, 7 1/2l behind Mind Your Biscuits (9-6) at Meydan 6f Grp 1 Slow in Mar.
Yalta (IRE) 6-1 (8-5) 15th of 16, 17 1/4l behind Ertijaal (9-6) at Meydan 5f hcp fst in Jan.
Nawwaar (USA) (9-0) 7th of 11, 16 1/4l behind Muarrab (9-0) at Meydan 6f lst stks (1) fst in Dec.
Muarrab (9-0) won at Meydan 6f lst stks (1) fst in Dec beating Comicas (9-0) by 6l, 11 ran.
Comicas (USA) (9-0) 2nd of 11, 6l behind Muarrab (9-0) at Meydan 6f lst stks (1) fst in Dec.
My Catch (IRE) (9-0) 3rd of 11, 6 1/4l behind Muarrab (9-0) at Meydan 6f lst stks (1) fst in Dec.
Raven's Corner (IRE) 8-11fav (9-2) won at Meydan 6f hcp fst in Mar beating Ajraam (9-1) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.