Jim Bolger has made no bones about his admiration for Parish Hall and the son of Teofilio will need to take this if he's to head for Epsom. He took a bit of time to warm up in his first season but ended with a half-length success in the Dewhurst over Power, who had earlier won the Coventry Stakes and the National Stakes. Bolger has opted to bring Parish Hall here without a prep run and he'll take some beating but the form pick is HERMIVAL. The France-trained colt will be having just his fourth start having won on heavy ground at Saint-Cloud in November before finishing a close third behind French Fifteen on his reappearance. He was again behind his compatriot in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket when they occupied the places behind Camelot and that's the stand-out form in this. John Oxx puts blinkers on Born To Sea for the first time but Johnny Murtagh has opted to ride Takar, an impressive winner of a Listed contest here earlier this month. Trumpet Major appeared to be unlucky in-running in the Dewhurst and ran a cracking race in the Guineas at Newmarket where he was always in the front rank and only faded close home.
Alkazim (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Keen held up, headway to track leaders halfway, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 14l behind Rougemont (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo aut stk (2) gs in Apr.
Born To Sea (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Raced stands side, keen early tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 18, 10l behind Camelot (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gs.
Daddy Long Legs (USA) 25-1 (9-0) Eased, pulled up, in a race won by I'll Have Another (9-0) at Churchill Downs(USA) 1m 2f 3yo Grp 1 (1), 21 ran.
Foxtrot Romeo (IRE) 28-1 (9-1) Soon slight lead, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Caspar Netscher (9-4) at Newbury 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep.
Hermival (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Raced far side, tracked leader until ridden to lead this group over 1f out, soon every chance, kept on one pace, 3rd of 18, 2 1/2l behind Camelot (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gs.
Parish Hall (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Keen tracked leader, led entering final 2f, ridden and ran on, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Oct beating Power (9-1) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Power 7-1 (9-0) Raced stands side, held up, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 17th of 18, 37l behind Camelot (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gs.
Reply (IRE) 9-1 (8-12) Tracked leader stands side, challenged 2f out, ridden to lead narrowly 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 16, 1l behind Crusade (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Oct.
Takar (IRE) 5-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders in 4th, poised to challenge from 2f out, switched right early final furlong and quickened to lead final 100 yards, comfortably, won at Curragh 7f 3yo lst stk (1) sft beating Coolnagree (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Trumpet Major (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Raced stands side, led this group, ridden and every chance over 2f out, led overall over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 4th of 18, 4l behind Camelot (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gs.
Wrote (IRE) 8-13fav (9-6) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden entering straight and no impression on first 2 from 2f out, no threat and kept on one pace, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Light Heavy (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo Grp 2 (1).