MAYDANNY is 12 lb higher in the weights than for last year's pillar-to-post success but it's more than fair judged on his excellent Sandown second earlier this month and his claims are obvious. Migration made a most eye-catching return at Salisbury and is capable of better if building on that. Caradoc has a big handicap in him and is another to consider.
LUSAIL and Berkshire Shadow will both have 3 lb penalties to carry having already won at this level, but they still look the ones to beat on form, the former perhaps the more solid option given his proven stamina. Eldrickjones has also fared well in Group 2s so is another likely contender.
SPACE BLUES is a real 7f specialist who has won off a break before so he is fancied to continue Charlie Appleby's fine recent form and follow up his stylish win in this event 12 months ago. Stable-companion Creative Force appeals as the one to chase him home on the back of his excellent July Cup fifth, with Kinross and Safe Voyage both worth a second look for place purposes.
STRADIVARIUS has suffered a dent to his strike rate in recent times, but there were clear excuses at Ascot (denied a clear run and Dettori was gentle on him once his winning chance had gone) and he remains the one to beat in his quest for the 5-timer in this race. With Gold Cup winner Subjectivist out for the season, Spanish Mission and Trueshan look the main threats.
The vote goes to KING OF STARS, who opened his turf account at Bath in April and has posted even better efforts in defeat since, finding only a progressive 3-y-o too good back from a break at Newmarket 18 days ago. A 5 lb rise for that looks fair and he makes plenty of appeal with James Doyle aboard. Jabbarockie is feared back in a handicap, while Rewaayat and Zargun are others to consider.
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