Willie Mullins bids to win this for the fourth time in succession and is mob-handed with six runners. Last year’s winner Great White Shark had Takarengo back in third but is 10lb higher this time and Ryan Moore partnered M C Muldoon when runner-up to Reshoun in the Ascot Stakes back in June. William Buick picks up the ride on Deauville winner Burning Victory while Micro Manage won under Colin Keane at Galway last time. Live Your Dream is due to be raised 4lb for finishing second in last month’s trial race here when ahead of Themaxwecan but the latter was also behind CALLING THE WIND over 2m4f at Goodwood in July with Withhold, who won this in 2017, and Elysian Flame filling the places so the vote goes to Richard Hughes’ charge. Buzz returns to the Flat having shown good progress over hurdles while Scaramanga won on the level at Newbury during the summer and Goobinator remains unexposed on the Flat having beaten Snowalot at Haydock last month.
Withhold 16-1 (9-10) Led until 12f out, tracked leader, left in lead again 8f out, ridden over 1f out, narrowly headed 2f out, led again over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 20, 1 3/4l behind Calling The Wind (8-13) at Goodwood 2m 5f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Micro Manage (IRE) 8-11fav (9-7) Soon tracked leader on outer, 2nd halfway, closed travelling well 3f out, pushed along 1 1/2f out, ridden to lead narrowly under 1f out, kept on well, won at Galway 1m 6f gd in Aug beating Monas Melody (9-6) by 3 3/4l, 6 ran.
Whiskey Sour (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, headway to lead 3 out, headed briefly after next, ridden and led narrowly approaching last, headed run-in and no extra closing stages, 4th of 24, 1 3/4l behind Jazzaway (10-5) at Punchestown 2m hcp Yielding in Apr.
Live Your Dream (IRE) 9-2 (9-10) In touch, headway 4f out, chased winner over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on one pace, gamely, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Turnpike Trip (8-2) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Calling The Wind (IRE) 18-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, going well 2f out, went 2nd and ridden inside final furlong, stayed on, pressing winner and carried right towards finish, just held, 2nd of 12, hd behind Makram (9-9) at Newbury 1m 4f hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Reshoun (FR) 14-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders on inside, pushed along 5f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 4 1/4l behind Just Hubert (9-2) at Ascot 2m hcp (2) gs in Aug.
M C Muldoon (IRE) 11-8fav (11-8) Mid-division and 5th from halfway, took closer order in 3rd from 3 out and went 2nd before next, pushed along to challenge before last and soon ridden, gained narrow lead inside final 150 yards and kept on well close home, won at Galway 2m 5f gd in Jul beating Enniskerry (11-11) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Elysian Flame 13-2cfav (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway out wide 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, edged right and stayed on strongly inside final furlong, almost snatched 2nd, no chance with winner, 3rd of 20, 1 3/4l behind Calling The Wind (8-13) at Goodwood 2m 5f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Themaxwecan (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) Close up, ridden over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Turnpike Trip (8-2) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Makawee (IRE) 20-1 (10-0) Steadied start, held up towards rear, stayed on late, never involved, 7th of 9, 3 1/4l behind Sea Sylph (8-7) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp fll (2) gd in Sep.
Nicholas T 25-1 (9-12) Held up in rear, hard ridden 3f out, soon one pace, 10th of 12, 22 1/2l behind Chichester (9-1) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Burning Victory (FR) 3-1 (9-7) Always prominent, led 2f out, stayed on well, won at Deauville 2m hcp gd in Aug beating Le Hoyo (8-8) by 1 3/4l, 16 ran.
Rajinsky (IRE) 10-3 (9-11) Raced wide held up, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Ascot 2m hcp (3) gs in Oct beating Uber Cool (9-11) by 4l, 9 ran.
Great White Shark (FR) 20-1 (11-5) Raced keenly, led 1st, headed next, with leader, led before 5th, hit next, headed approaching 3 out, weakened after next, 8th of 10, 21 3/4l behind Black Tears (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f (1) sft in Mar.
Buzz (FR) 22-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, not fluent 2nd, headway 8th, switched right before 2 out, stayed on well flat, went 2nd inside final 100 yards, not trouble winner, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Abacadabras (11-7) at Aintree 2m 4f (1) gs in Apr.
Nate The Great 40-1 (9-6) Led early, soon in rear, ridden on outside 2f out, headway 1f out, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 5 1/2l behind Makram (9-9) at Newbury 1m 4f hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Spanish Kiss 16-5fav (10-0) Raced keenly tracking leaders on inside, went 2nd turning in, closed steadily from 2 out, strong challenge final furlong, driven ahead near finish, joined post, won at Newcastle 2m hcp (3) pol in Sep beating Notation (9-13), 10 ran.
Scaramanga (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden to lead 3f out, headed well over 1f out, weakened inside last, 9th of 14, 6 1/4l behind Arcadian Sunrise (8-13) at York 2m hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Prince Alex 9-4fav (9-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along and lost place over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 5 3/4l behind Pleasant Man (9-4) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Speedo Boy (FR) 8-1 (9-9) Soon led, pushed along 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 20 1/4l behind Rhythmic Intent (9-12) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Platform Nineteen (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, pushed along over 4f out, ridden and headway over 3f out, led well over 1f out, headed well inside last, no extra, 3rd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Arcadian Sunrise (8-13) at York 2m hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Mancini 14-1 (8-12) Slowly away in rear, never on terms, 8th of 9, 19 1/2l behind Turnpike Trip (8-2) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Takarengo (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Slowly into stride, in rear, headway into 7th 3f out, soon ridden and no impression, 11th of 17, 13 1/2l behind Khezaana (9-7) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gd in Sep.
Foveros (FR) 8-1 (11-0) In touch on outer, progress after 5f, 3rd halfway, almost on terms 6f out, led narrowly under 4f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on, headed close home, 2nd of 19, 3/4l behind Coltor (11-0) at Galway 2m 1f hcp Yielding - Soft in Jul.
Supakalanistic (IRE) 28-1 (8-13) Dwelt and slow into stride, in touch, headway and close up 6f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, tailed off, 7th of 8, dist behind Au Clair De Lune (8-8) at Chester 1m 6f hcp (3) gs in Sep.
Let Me Be (IRE) 5-2 (10-5) Steadied start, held up in last, outpaced 4f out, rallied final furlong, stayed on well, led towards finish, won at Ayr 1m 7f hcp (4) gs in Sep beating Haveyoumissedme (9-11) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Goobinator (USA) 15-2 (9-7) Chased leaders, led going well 2f out, soon ridden, went clear over 1f out, stayed on well, always doing enough, won at Haydock 2m hcp (4) gf in Sep beating Emaraty Hero (8-13) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Margaret Dumont (IRE) 4-1 (9-11) Mid-division on inside, headway 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 10, 5 1/4l behind Spanish Kiss (10-0) at Newcastle 2m hcp (3) pol in Sep.
Land Of Winter (FR) 16-1 (9-8) Prominent, ridden and pressed leader over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 13, 12 1/4l behind Goobinator (9-7) at Haydock 2m hcp (4) gf in Sep.
Snowalot (IRE) 3-1 (9-10) Slowly away, raced towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden well over 2f out, kept on well, no extra inside last, 4th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Goobinator (9-7) at Haydock 2m hcp (4) gf in Sep.
Putting Green 7-2 (11-0) Led 1st, headed 3 out, no impression on winner flat, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 4, 4 1/2l behind Haul Away (12-6) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp (3) gd in Sep.
Dance To Paris 12-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place quickly over 4f out, soon behind, tailed off, last of 8, dist behind Master Milliner (9-5) at York 2m hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Cayirli (FR) 33-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, travelled well 3f out, disputed lead just before 1f out, no extra final strides, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Land Of Winter (9-0) at Goodwood 2m hcp (4) hvy in Oct.
Just Hubert (IRE) 9-4 (9-11) Prominent, pressed leader over 4f out, ridden well over 2f out, stayed on, not pace of front two, 3rd of 5, 4 1/4l behind Themaxwecan (10-0) at Goodwood 2m hcp (2) gf in Sep.