VOLKAN STAR has a 1,000,000 gns price tag to live up to, but with good reason given his pedigree and following a commanding win at Goodwood in August, he can take another step forward (is certainly bred to stay this far). Mythical and Miss Yoda are sure to relish this stiffer test of stamina and head the opposition.
LAMPANG looked a Group-class prospect when hammering 8 rivals at Ripon last month and this well-regarded colt will take some stopping here. Huraiz lost his unbeaten record in the Sirenia Stakes at Kempton but shaped well all the same and is a threat, while Cobra Eye appears to be the one open to a chunk of improvement.
MILITARY MARCH has been absent following his winning debut on the July Course during the summer, but given his pedigree, 1m and further in time will help his cause, and this well-bred colt is an appealing alternative to Molatham at the prices. Al Suhail appeared to hang fire slightly in the Solario Stakes but clearly isn't one to write off, yet.
HARROVIAN and Coolagh Forest are both 3-y-os who showed a chunk of improvement to score last time and are fancied to fight this out up against some more exposed types, with the first named marginally preferred. Big Country has looked back in form recently and tends to go well here, so he's the pick of the remainder.
Impossible to oppose PINATUBO, who is already as short as even money for the 2000 Guineas, and has looked one of the best juveniles in modern times. Wichita had 7 lengths in hand when landing the Tattersall Stakes over C&D and is a clear next best.
Kevin Ryan has dominated York's final big sprint handicap in recent years and HEY JONESY could be worth chancing. His sole win came over C&D, and his many backers who were with him in the Ayr Gold Cup 3 weeks ago have returned. He's weighted to go close on his run in the Wokingham back in June. Gunmetal, Get Knotted and 3-y-o Aplomb are among the chief dangers.
BUILDMEUPBUTTERCUP looks primed to give Willie Mullins back-to-back wins in this prestigious staying handicap after 2 excellent runs over shorter distances since his fine Ascot Stakes second. Fellow Irish raider Mr Everest is also set to deliver a much improved showing here and rates the chief threat while Timoshenko can fare best of the home contingent ahead of stablemate Land of Oz.
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