Mark Johnston has sent out the winner of this twice in the last five years and relies on Alta Lilea, second in a Listed race at Nantes in October, this season. But the one to beat is probably INTELLO, who has been sent over from Chantilly by Andre Fabre and looked a nice prospect when scoring over a mile at Longchamp and Maisons-Lafitte last season. Kerbaaj won his only start so far at Sandown in July and has more scope than Glory Awaits, King George River and Luhaif, and Race And Status could also be interesting. He should stay at least a mile this year, though might just need this.
Glory Awaits (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Led, ridden over 2f out, driven and headed approaching final furlong, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 5l behind Trading Leather (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2yo Grp 3 (1) gs in Oct.
Intello (GER) (8-13) won at Maisons-Laffitte(FR) 1m 2yo stks hvy in Oct beating Kapstadt (8-13) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Kerbaaj (USA) 25-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, switched left and headway on outside over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, ran on to lead close home, driven out, won at Sandown 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jul beating Tropical Song (9-3) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
King George River (IRE) 5-4fav (9-4) Close up in last place, progress 3f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, rider dropped whip 1f out, quickened to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp (4) pol in Mar beating Sennockian Star (8-7) by 2 1/2l, 5 ran.
Luhaif 20-1 (9-0) Led, clear halfway, still clear when ridden over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Van Der Neer (9-0) at Lingfield 1m Listed Stakes (3yo) (1) pol.
Race And Status (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed narrowly 2f out, every chance until just inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Ghurair (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo aut (2) sft in Oct.
Alta Lilea (IRE) (8-12) 3rd of 5, 8l behind Wingate (9-2) at Nantes(FR) 1m 2yo lst stk (1) hvy in Oct.