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Trainer: Joseph Patrick O’Brien Jockey: D. B. McMonagle Age: 4 Weight: 9st 7lbs
Completed a remarkable seven-timer in the Belmont Gold Cup in June. Had his winning run ended in Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud but shaped well when third in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh. Considered.
Trainer: Andrew Balding Jockey: Jason Watson Age: 4 Weight: 9st 7lbs
Bagged listed event here in 2020 and runner-up on both starts seven months apart this year. Entitled to strip fitter for his Salisbury return last month and well worth a try at 2m. No forlorn hope.
Trainer: William Haggas Jockey: Tom Marquand Age: 5 Weight: 9st 7lbs
Defied 15-month absence to win September Stakes at Kempton from one who has bolted up since. Aimed at this race since and promises to relish the step up to 2m. Player with ground conditions to suit.
Trainer: Joseph Patrick O’Brien Jockey: James Doyle Age: 6 Weight: 9st 7lbs
Won listed race at Downpatrick for the second year running in July but followed that with a below-par effort in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh. Highly capable but not one to place maximum faith in.
Trainer: Andrew Balding Jockey: Silvestre De Sousa Age: 8 Weight: 9st 7lbs
One-time smart performer but seemingly not the force of old nowadays, carrying his head awkwardly when only fourth to Nayef Road in a listed race at Newmarket last time. Hard to fancy.
Trainer: Jim Goldie Jockey: Paul Mulrennan Age: 9 Weight: 9st 7lbs
Northumberland Plate winner at Newcastle in June. Has been a bit in-and-out since and disappointed in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket last week. This is a very tall ask.
Trainer: William Haggas Jockey: William Buick Age: 4 Weight: 9st 7lbs
Secured a listed race at York in June and has run respectably since. Unable to reel in Nayef Road at Newmarket last time, but he remains unexposed at 2m and appeals as a lively outsider.
Trainer: John & Thady Gosden Jockey: Frankie Dettori Age: 7 Weight: 9st 7lbs
Has ruled the roost in the staying division for the past 5 seasons, but age is perhaps catching up with him as he had no excuses behind Trueshan in Prix du Cadran at Longchamp. Still much respected.
Trainer: Alan King Jockey: Hollie Doyle Age: 5 Weight: 9st 7lbs
Sparingly raced in 2021 but proved he is best stayer around when getting his conditions in Prix du Cadran at Longchamp, much too strong for Stradivarius. Last year’s winner is again the one to beat.
Trainer: Anthony Mullins Jockey: J. M. Sheridan Age: 6 Weight: 9st 4lbs
Won the Prix du Cadran at Longchamp in 2020, but she’s yet to add to that success in 2021 and performed just respectably when fifth to Trueshan in that contest last time. More is needed now.
Trainer: Brian Ellison Jockey: Ben Robinson Age: 3 Weight: 8st 13lbs
Ex-Irish gelding who is much improved for current yard, bagging three handicaps this term before good fifth in Group 2 Prix Chaudenay at Longchamp (15f). This is a big step up in class, though.
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Ryan Moore Age: 3 Weight: 8st 13lbs
Smart colt who posted his best effort when third in St Leger at Doncaster. Only fair second in Loughbrown Stakes (evens) at the Curragh since and will need to pull out more if he’s to reach a place.
Timeform Verdict: “TRUESHAN took this impressively 12 months ago and Alan King’s 5-y-o appeals as very much the one to beat again on the back of his taking victory over Stradivarius in Longchamp’s Prix du Cadran. John Gosden’s legendary stayer is still much respected but William Haggas’s lightly-raced Hamish is feared most on this occasion now he gets his first chance over 2m with ground conditions to suit too.”
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