It was a huge disappointment to see Dawn Approach perform so badly at Epsom after his brilliant victory in the 2000 Guineas. Whatever the reason, banged head, pulled too hard or didn't stay, it was certainly nowhere near what we have come to expect from him and he wouldn't be turning up here unless Jim Bolger believed he was over his problems. Toronado, unbeaten as a juvenile, was expected to provide him with a stiff test in the Guineas but faded after attempting to take him on and was passed by Glory Awaits and his own stablemate Van Der Neer. Richard Hannon is convinced his colt wasn't at his best so it wouldn't be a shock if he reversed the form having been saved for this. MAGICIAN, who was beaten in a Polytrack maiden at Dundalk in September, has improved out of all recognition and was a brilliant winner of the Irish 2000 Guineas where he travelled supremely well throughout. He will need to improve again to beat the Dawn Approach who scored at Newmarket but looks capable of doing so and is given the vote. His stablemate Mars is by no means running as a pacemaker and, having had little experience though running well in the 2000 Guineas and Derby, he's a horse with a future and shouldn't be entirely dismissed.
Dawn Approach (IRE) 5-4fav (9-0) Pulled hard in mid-division, headway to chase leaders 7f out, led over 5f out, headed over 3f out, weakened approaching final 2f, last of 12, 34l behind Ruler Of The World (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gd.
Dundonnell (USA) 15-8fav (9-7) In touch on outer, ridden and headway to chase leader over 1f out, led well inside final furlong, won at Newmarket 7f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in May beating Music Master (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
George Vancouver (USA) 10-1 (9-0) Soon well off pace towards rear, ridden along from 3f out, no impression in moderate 8th and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 7th of 10, 12l behind Magician (9-0) at Curragh 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf in May.
Glory Awaits (IRE) 150-1 (9-0) Raced wide alone from main group, prominent, ridden and every chance over 1f out, driven and went 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 5l behind Dawn Approach (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf in May.
Leitir Mor (IRE) 13-2 (9-2) Tracked leader, dropped to 3rd on outer 2f out, stayed on best under pressure final furlong to lead near line, won at Leopardstown 7f Grp 3 (1) beating Lily's Angel (9-9) by nk, 6 ran.
Magician (IRE) 10-3 (9-0) Soon chased leaders in 3rd, in pursuit of clear leader from over 2f out, soon pushed along, led over 1f out, stayed on well to draw clear inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Curragh 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf in May beating Gale Force Ten (9-0) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Mars (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Held up last, headway 2f out, slightly hampered inside final 2f, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 6th of 12, 4l behind Ruler Of The World (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gd.
Mshawish (USA) 20-1 (9-2) 4th of 19, 5l behind Intello (9-2) at Chantilly(FR) 1m 2f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gs.
Toronado (IRE) 11-4 (9-0) Chased leader, led 2f out, soon headed, faded inside final furlong, lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 13, 8l behind Dawn Approach (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf in May.