TORONADO recorded his first Group 1 win with victory in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood in July. He beat 2000 Guineas winner Dawn Approach and Declaration Of War, who had earlier won this prize, and that form makes him the one to beat on his return to action. Soft Falling Rain has won at the highest level in his native South Africa but has come up short in similar company since, while Side Glance also has a bit to find despite picking up a less competitive Group 1 event at Flemington in November. The latter's stablemate Tullius ran well behind Olympic Glory in the Lockinge at Newbury where Verrazano was well beaten and connections are confident French raider Anodin will run a big race having finished second to Cirrus Des Aigles at Longchamp last month.
Anodin (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Cirrus Des Aigles (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 1f Grp 1 (1) sft in May.
Ansgar (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) Led, ridden and went a few lengths clear under 3f out, reduced advantage over 1f out, headed with 150 yards to race and kept on same pace close home, 3rd of 14, 2l behind Tested (8-10) at Naas 7f Listed stks (1).
Glory Awaits (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) 13th of 15, 7l behind Variety Club (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m Group 2 sks (1) in Mar.
Mull Of Killough (IRE) (9-0) 7th of 12, 7l behind Dan Excel (9-0) at Kranji(SNG) 1m 2f Grp 1 in May.
Producer (9-6) won at Veliefendi(TUR) 1m Grp 2 (1) gf in Sep, 9 ran.
Side Glance (9-0) 5th of 12, 7l behind Dan Excel (9-0) at Kranji(SNG) 1m 2f Grp 1 in May.
Soft Falling Rain (SAF) 11-4fav (9-0) 2nd of 15, 1l behind Variety Club (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m Group 2 sks (1) in Mar.
Toronado (IRE) 9-4 (8-11) Held up in 5th, pushed along 3f out, soon no progress, beaten 2f out, eased final furlong, last of 6, 23l behind Declaration Of War (9-5) at York 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gf in Aug.
Tullius (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Held up behind centre, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Olympic Glory (9-0) at Newbury 1m Grp 1 (1) gf in May.
Verrazano (USA) 7-1 (9-0) Held up behind centre, chased leaders 2f out, switched right and ridden over 1f out, stayed on to take 3rd inside final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Olympic Glory (9-0) at Newbury 1m Grp 1 (1) gf in May.