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Prince leads September squad

View from connections ahead of Saturday's totescoop6 September Stakes at Kempton Park.

Prince Bishop ensured Saeed bin Suroor's domination of last year's totescoop6 September Stakes and the gelding returns to defend his title with another strong Godolphin team at Kempton on Saturday.

Twelve months ago, Prince Bishop was receiving weight from stablemate Royal Empire when beating him a head but has subsequently won a Group One and a Group Two in Dubai and his exploits mean he will be conceding weight all-round.

Bin Suroor also provides Secret Number, who did not quite develop as a Classic hope last season but finished his campaign on a high in the Cumberland Lodge at Ascot.

They are joined by another returning star for colleague Charlie Appleby, whose Cat O'Mountain has not been seen since an impressive third in the Dubai World Cup.

Bin Suroor said: "Secret Number is a horse I've always liked and I was pleased when he got a nice win at the end of last season.

"He had a setback earlier in the year but has been back in full work for a while now. He's working well and is in good form, but I'm sure he'll improve for the run. The small field will help him.

"Prince Bishop was a Group One winner out in Dubai, he also won a Group Two but he disappointed me in the World Cup when he missed the break.

"He improved on the all-weather and won this last year. He's doing very well at home, but will improve for this. They'll both be going out to Dubai."

Dandino won the 2012 renewal when with James Fanshawe, and the experienced world traveller was last seen finishing second in the American St Leger.

After a stop off in Sunbury, trainer Marco Botti will have him ready for an even longer flight.

"He is in good form and everything has gone well since he ran in America," said the trainer. "We are looking forward to Saturday and, if all goes well, hopefully he will be heading back to Australia.

"He won this race two years ago and works on the all-weather most of the time, so the surface shouldn't be an issue. Hopefully he'll run well."