This extra distance should bring further progress from MASEKELA. He had the measure of Seattle King when winning a Listed race over 7f at Newbury and had earlier finished in front of Royal Patronage when narrowly beaten in the Group 2 Superlative on the July Course here. The latter went on to land the Group 3 Acomb Stakes at York. Aidan O’Brien has won two of the last three renewals and Howth posted his best effort so far when fourth in a Group 2 at Leopardstown. The latter is preferred to compatriot Unconquerable and Oneforthegutter was only second in a Group 3 in France last time. Futurity entry Coroebus steps up in class having made a winning debut last month.
Coroebus (IRE) Evensfav (9-5) Led 3f, prominent, led again inside final furlong, pushed out, won at Newmarket 1m stks (4) gf in Aug beating Saga (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Howth (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, in rear, headway into 7th on inner 2f out, soon ridden, close 3rd on inner 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 1/2l behind Atomic Jones (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m Grp 2 stks (1) gd in Sep.
Masekela (IRE) 6-4jfav (9-1) Led and set steady pace, ridden and narrowly headed inside final furlong, rallied gamely to lead again final strides, won at Newbury 7f lst stks (1) gd in Aug beating Bayside Boy (9-1) by hd, 6 ran.
Oneforthegutter 4-1 (8-13) Held up in midfield, headway from 3f out, stayed on well, 2nd of 9, hd behind Who Knows (8-10) at Deauville 7f Grp 3 stks gd in Aug.
Royal Patronage (FR) 25-1 (9-1) Made all, ridden 2f out, stayed on well, unchallenged, won at York 7f Grp 3 stks (1) gd in Aug beating Imperial Fighter (9-1) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
Seattle King 9-2 (9-1) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and outpaced inside final 2f, never dangerous after, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Masekela (9-1) at Newbury 7f lst stks (1) gd in Aug.
Unconquerable (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) In touch in 4th, improved to 3rd 2f out, ran freely 1 1/2f out, ridden and no impression on leader under 1f out, one paced under 1f out, 3rd of 5, 6 1/2l behind Point Lonsdale (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f Grp 3 stks (1) gd in Jul.