Aidan O'Brien has won five of the last six and has a quintet entered this time. All of those winners have been the stable's first choice and that privilege goes to WAR COMMAND this time. Both Roderic O'Connor in 2011 and Power a year later had been well beaten in the Guineas at Newmarket before making remarkable progress to land this and it's not beyond the realms of possibility that the same will happen here. The Dewhurst winner never got going at Headquarters but wasn't beaten that far behind the shock winner Night Of Thunder and the favourite Kingman and is taken to reverse form with the runner-up and the winner's stablemate Shifting Power, who was just in front of him. That pair have obvious chances of landing this for England but Mustajeeb was well beaten by the selection in the Futurity here in August. Obliterator was a long way behind subsequent Dante flop True Story at Newmarket but that wasn't his form and he'll be a different proposition this time.
Big Time (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden and tried to challenge 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure inside final furlong, not quite match winner, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Sudirman (9-3) at Curragh 6f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Aug.
Davids Park 2-1fav (9-4) Soon led, then raced mainly in 3rd, switched right off rail after 3f, carried a little off bend before halfway and soon pushed along, went 2nd over 1f out, challenged and slightly impeded inside final furlong, soon no impression, kept on, 2nd of 4, 1/2l behind Colour Blue (8-8) at Killarney 1m 3yo auc stk sft.
Dolce N Karama (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) 8th of 10, 11l behind My Catch (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 7f 3yo lst stk (1) gd in Feb.
Fountain Of Youth (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 8th of 12, 5l behind Alkasser (9-3) at Curragh 7f 3yo lst stk (1) gf.
Great White Eagle (USA) 13-2 (9-6) Held up, ridden and closer on outer 2f out, stayed on into 3rd 1f out, no impression leaders, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 2l behind Alkasser (9-3) at Curragh 7f 3yo lst stk (1) gf.
Johann Strauss 4-11fav (9-5) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden to lead under 2f out, went clear 1f out, stayed on strongly final furlong, easily, won at Dundalk 7f 3yo mdn stks pol beating Atlantic Sea (9-5) by 6l, 10 ran.
Kingman 6-4fav (9-0) Raced far side held up in touch in rear, headway 2f out, led overall inside final furlong, headed near finish, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Night Of Thunder (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf.
Mandatario 5-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, 2nd 4f out, ridden and dropped to 3rd early straight, no extra from over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 5, 12l behind Mekong River (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 1f 2yo lst stk (1) sft in Nov.
Michaelmas (USA) 6-1 (9-3) Mid-division early, soon held up, ridden and closer on outer 2f out, stayed on into 4th 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 7th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Alkasser (9-3) at Curragh 7f 3yo lst stk (1) gf.
Mustajeeb 5-2fav (8-10) Mid-division, 6th halfway, pushed along into 6th entering straight, stayed on strongly 2f out, led 150 yards out, kept on well, won at Leopardstown 1m Grp 3 (1) beating Brendan Brackan (9-12) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Obliterator (IRE) 15-8fav (9-0) In rear, pushed along over 4f out, headway 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, eased near finish, 2nd of 10, 7l behind True Story (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 1f 3yo lst stk (1) gd in Apr.
Prince Of All 15-8fav (9-3) Made all, ridden entering straight, stayed on well under pressure final furlong, won at Dundalk 7f 3yo Listed stks (1) pol in Apr beating Magnolia Beach (9-3) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Shifting Power 50-1 (9-0) Raced stand side from over 5f out, tracked leader, ridden to lead this group 1f out, soon headed, kept on one pace, 4th of 14, 3l behind Night Of Thunder (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf.
War Command (USA) 8-1 (9-0) Raced stand side from over 5f out, towards rear, never a factor, 9th of 14, 5l behind Night Of Thunder (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf.