ALMUSHTARAK: Keeps his form. Impressive five lengths winner over this distance at Sandown in April. Had Starbrough behind when second in Sussex Stakes. Game competitor, who should figure at the finish.
DECORATED HERO: Would be happier over a shorter trip. Won Beeswing Stakes at Newcastle in July by a head from Diktat before sixth to Jo Mell in competitive event at Ascot.
MUCHEA: This distance is his limit, having won the Gladness Stakes at the Curragh and Newmarket's Criterion Stakes, both over a furlong shorter.
DOCKSIDER: Tailed-off last of seven to Great Dane here earlier this month and very hard to fancy on that performance.
LOVERS KNOT: Filly who broke the course record at Newmarket when beating Wren, but disappointed at Deauville earlier this month.
MUHTATHIR: Holds right credentials, as three-year-olds have taken this race for the past four years. Won Newbury's Hungerford Stakes in fine style.
SOVIET BUREAU: Aimed high by his stable and not disgraced when third to Great Dane over course and distance on the first of this month. Lot to ask here however.
TEAPOT ROW: Won Ascot's Royal Lodge Stakes as a juvenile. Runner-up by a head to Green Card at Doncaster and two and a half lengths adrift of Mutamam at Haydock. Will like the probable going but may find opposition a bit sharp.
CONCLUSION: Muhtathir side-steps a rich Deauville event for this and has been getting better as the season has progressed, while Almushtarak looks the one for the forecast.