Group 2 winner HEADMAN has had just the one outing so far this season in the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s at Ascot. But he’s clear of the rest on today’s terms and a repeat of last year’s third in the Irish Champion Stakes would make him hard to beat. Marie's Diamond is penalised for winning a Listed race over a mile here back in June though is preferred to stablemate Freyja but the veteran Air Pilot was still capable of landing a Listed event last term, though was well beaten in this subsequently. Be More may be a decent handicapper in soft ground but has plenty to find at the weights.
Marie's Diamond (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, no extra close home, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Lady Wannabe (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 1f Grp 3 stks (1) sft in Oct.
Air Pilot 17-2 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out, unable to go with leaders over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 6 1/4l behind Anna Nerium (8-11) at Goodwood 1m 2f lst stks (1) gs in Sep.
Headman 9-1 (9-0) Pulled hard early, soon held up in rear, headway on wide outside over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 10l behind Lord North (9-0) at Ascot 1m 2f Grp 1 stks (1) gd in Jun.
Be More 5-1 (9-6) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Iconic Choice (9-6) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp fll (2) sft in Oct.
Freyja (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Close up, led and grabbed stand side rail over 2f out, ridden and ran on, won at Newmarket 1m hcp fll (2) hvy in Oct beating Sun Bear (8-6) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.