Not A Given had been in good form since the opening fixture in November so it was a surprise that he'd dropped 6lb in the weights before gaining a comfortable victory twelve days ago. That was over 7f but he stays this trip and should go well again. I'M BACK showed his liking for the Dirt surface when landing the opening thoroughbred race of the Carnival. The form has worked out well and it will be a surprise if the three-times UK winner isn't in the shake-up and he looks the most reliable option. Giftorm stayed on well behind Faulkner over 7f three weeks ago and has some strong form in Scandanavia but Storm Belt was a bit disappointing a fortnight ago after two very smart performances. Artigiano hasn't recaptured his juvenile form where he wasn't beaten far by Olympic Glory in a Goodwood Group 2 but stablemate Groundbreaking, who has won two of his six starts, appears to be best fresh so an absence since August isn't a problem. Tiz Now Tiz Then has some strong form on the Dirt at Jebel Ali though he's shot up the ratings as a consequence while Beyond Empire is very much better than we saw here two weeks ago and is one to keep an eye on.
Artigiano (USA) 5-2fav (9-5) Held up in 5th, driven 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure final furlong, never troubled leaders, 4th of 7, 6l behind Custom Cut (9-9) at Pontefract 1m Listed stks (1) gf in Jul.
Storm Belt (USA) 5-2fav (9-6) 4th of 10, 7l behind Le Bernardin (9-2) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 2f hcp.
Frontier Fighter 10-1 (9-2) 12th of 14, 20l behind Faulkner (8-13) at Meydan(UAE) 7f hcp.
Groundbreaking 9-1 (9-8) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway on inside 7f out, pushed along and racking awkwardly 5f out, lost place 4f out, well behind final 2f, last of 14, 49l behind Energia Davos (9-1) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd in Aug.
I'm Back (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) won at Meydan(UAE) 1m 1f hcp beating Henry Clay (9-2) by 1l, 12 ran.
Dormello (IRE) (9-0) 8th of 10, 11l behind Jutland (9-0) at Jebel Ali(UAE) 1m 2f 3yo Listed stks (1).
Busker (USA) 11-2 (8-10) 5th of 13, 12l behind Toolain (8-5) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 2f hcp.
Beyond Empire (USA) 8-1 (8-13) 9th of 10, 27l behind Le Bernardin (9-2) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 2f hcp.
Giftorm (USA) 25-1 (8-13) 4th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Faulkner (8-13) at Meydan(UAE) 7f hcp.
Tiz Now Tiz Then (USA) (9-0) 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Jutland (9-0) at Jebel Ali(UAE) 1m 2f 3yo Listed stks (1).
Not A Given (USA) 10-1 (9-5) won at Meydan(UAE) 7f hcp beating Ghaamer (9-6) by 2 3/4l, 11 ran.
Corso Como (FR) (9-2) 4th of 8, 1 1/4l behind Pitch (9-2) at Marseille-Borely(FR) 1m 2f 3yo lst stk gs in Sep.