A powerful raiding party is dispatched from Ireland for a red-hot renewal. Aidan O'Brien bids for a third straight win in this with Giovanni Boldini looking to have the best chance of the Ballydoyle trio. Dermot Weld runs Irish 2000 Guineas third Mustajeeb, who finished a long way ahead of a below-par Big Time at the Curragh. The latter ran much better in Group 1 company last year when runner-up to SUDIRMAN in the Phoenix Stakes. David Wachman's colt made a low-key comeback at Naas earlier this month but should be a lot sharper today and gets the nod. Shining Emerald and the unexposed Waltzing Matilda make up the Irish contingent while Redbrook represents France after landing a Listed contest over 7f at Longchamp. The home challenge is led by Muwaary. John Gosden's colt has leading claims on his fourth in the French 2000 Guineas and Paul Hanagan prefers him to the penalised Anjaal. The remainder all have a bit to find on these terms including Richard Hannon's Listed winners Coulsty and Musical Comedy.
Anjaal 16-1 (9-3) Keen early, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 13l behind Toormore (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.
Sudirman (USA) 9-2 (9-8) Settled in 2nd, ridden 2f out, no impression final furlong, dropped to 4th on line, 4th of 9, 5l behind Due Diligence (9-3) at Naas 6f 3yo lst stk (1).
Great White Eagle (USA) 20-1 (9-0) Soon close up, challenged 2f out, dropped to 4th and no impression 1f out, 6th of 11, 18l behind Kingman (9-0) at Curragh 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) in May.
Miracle of Medinah 20-1 (9-6) Tracked winner, ridden and no impression over 1f out, lost 2nd entering final furlong, weakened into 4th final 100 yards, 4th of 5, 4l behind That Is The Spirit (9-0) at Epsom Downs 7f 3yo lst stk (1) gd.
Mustajeeb 4-1 (9-0) Soon tracked leaders, improved to challenge 2f out, 2nd and no impression 1f out, 3rd and kept on one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Kingman (9-0) at Curragh 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) in May.
Aeolus 3-1 (9-0) Held up, headway going well 2f out, led entering final furlong, edged left and ridden clear, ran on well, won at Haydock 6f 3yo lst stk (1) gs in May beating Betimes (8-9) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Big Time (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Soon chased leaders, 6th halfway, 7th 3f out, no impression under pressure from 2f out, moderate 5th and kept on same pace from 1f out, 5th of 11, 16l behind Kingman (9-0) at Curragh 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) in May.
Brazos (IRE) 7-2fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, switched right insid efinal 2f, chased leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, driven clear, won at Ascot 7f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May beating Wee Jean (8-8) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Coulsty (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Made all, strongly challenged from well over 1f out, held on well under pressure, won at Newmarket 7f 3yo lst stk (1) gf in May beating Toofi (9-0) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Giovanni Boldini (USA) 2-1fav (9-4) Towards rear, 13th 4f out, ridden over 2f out, improved into 5th 1f out and kept on same pace closing stages, 5th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Tested (8-10) at Naas 7f Listed stks (1).
Glorious Empire (IRE) 5-4fav (9-2) Keen led, headed over 5f out, tracked leader, led again 2f out, ridden and ran on inside final furlong, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr beating Outback Traveller (9-5) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Major Crispies 25-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, outpaced by front pair final 75 yards, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Musical Comedy (9-0) at Newbury 6f 3yo lst stk (1) gd in May.
Michaelmas (USA) 20-1 (9-0) Soon tracked leaders, 5th halfway, 4th 3f out, no impression under pressure from 2f out, dropped to 7th and no extra 1f out, 7th of 11, 21l behind Kingman (9-0) at Curragh 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) in May.
Musical Comedy 7-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, led well over 1f out, driven inside final furlong, held on, won at Newbury 6f 3yo lst stk (1) gd in May beating Naadirr (9-0) by hd, 9 ran.
Muwaary 7-1 (9-2) 4th of 12, 2l behind Karakontie (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gs in May.
Parbold (IRE) 13-8 (9-0) Tracked leading pair on inside, pushed along halfway, went 2nd entering final furlong, ridden and switched right 135 yards out, strong run close home, just failed, 2nd of 5, ns behind That Is The Spirit (9-0) at Epsom Downs 7f 3yo lst stk (1) gd.
Passing Star 7-1 (9-5) In touch, headway over 1f out, pressed winner inside final furlong, ran on, but held, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Ertijaal (9-5) at Lingfield 7f cond stks (2) pol in Apr.
Redbrook (IRE) (8-12) won at Longchamp(FR) 7f 3yo lst stk gs in May beating Eyeful (8-9) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Shining Emerald 8-1 (9-6) Went right out of stalls, settled in 8th under keen hold, ridden along in 6th over 1f out, kept on well final furlong to take third on line, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Due Diligence (9-3) at Naas 6f 3yo lst stk (1).
That Is The Spirit 11-10fav (9-0) Made all, clear when ridden 1f out, rider took things shade easy in closing stages, just held on, won at Epsom Downs 7f 3yo lst stk (1) gd beating Parbold (9-0) by ns, 5 ran.
Toofi (FR) 9-2 (9-0) Always prominent, every chance over 1f out, edged left entering final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Coulsty (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 3yo lst stk (1) gf in May.
Windfast (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Always prominent, every chance over 1f out, kept on well under pressure, 3rd of 10, 3/4l behind Coulsty (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 3yo lst stk (1) gf in May.
Waltzing Matilda (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Rear, 6th halfway, pushed along under 3f out, ridden in 5th over 2f out, kept on without reaching leaders, 4th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Afternoon Sunlight (9-0) at Leopardstown 1m 3yo fll Grp 3 (1) in May.