A small but select field for this group three event and we will give the vote to Maraahel, Andean and Mullins Bay should prove to be tough opponents. Sir Michael Stoute's four-year-old landed a similar contest at Chester's May meeting and has since performed with credit in much better company. He was only beaten half a length by Electrocutionist in the Juddmonte earlier this month and a repeat of that effort should easily be good enough to land this event. Andean has a bit to find on official ratings but is going in the right direction judging by his recent victory at Newmarket. With more improvement expected he should make his presence felt. Mullins Bay landed the John Smith's Cup here with the minimum of fuss and this step up in class shouldn't be a problem. As with Andean he has a bit to find on official figures but he does have plenty of potential. Democratic Deficit has contested some top events and shouldn't be underestimated, but Maraahel has the proven class in group company and gets the decision.
Maraahel (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Dwelt, soon tracking leaders, ridden over 3f out, led over 1f out, kept on well but headed close home, 3rd of 7, 1/2l behind Electrocutionist (9-5) at York 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gd.
Andean 10-3jt-fav (8-13) Tracked leaders, switched right over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Newmarket 1m 2f stk (3) gd beating Leporello (8-13) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Mullins Bay 4-1fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, driven and headway to lead 2f out, ridden clear inside final furlong, won at York 1m 2f hcp 0-110 (2) gd in Jul beating Crow Wood (9-0) by 3l, 21 ran.
Democratic Deficit (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Held up, progress into 5th entering straight, not clear run on inner over 1f out, soon eased, 6th of 8, 7l behind Caradak (9-9) at Leopardstown 1m Grp 3 (1) gf.
Trew Class 15-2 (9-0) Held up, ridden and headway over 3f out, stayed on one pace, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind La Persiana (9-7) at Yarmouth 1m 2f lst fll hcp (1) gd.
Wise Dennis 33-1 (8-8) Held up and always in rear, 8th of 9, 16l behind Sleeping Indian (9-0) at Newbury 7f Grp 3 (1) gf.