Darkening's head second to Red Avenger at Newmarket was a cracking effort. This trip clearly suits and the Godolphin colt should take all the beating but we're going to take him on with PENNY ROSE. This will be the filly's first try over 1m but her breeding suggests she'll enjoy the stiffer test of stamina and she certainly wasn't stopping when fourth in the Tattersalls Millions earlier this month. Ronaldhino is useful and had the re-opposing Ain't Got A Scooby behind when winning at Goodwood in August but he's more exposed than most of his rivals while Fat Gary didn't advertise his claims when last of four over 7f at Leicester.
Darkening (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Raced near side, tracked leader, ridden to challenge and every chance over 1f out, driven to lead group inside final furlong and chased winner, strong challenge last strides, just failed, 2nd of 15, hd behind Red Avenger (9-6) at Newmarket 1m 2yo hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Ronaldinho (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Steadied start, always in rear, niggled along halfway, ridden and no response 2f out, 6th of 7, 14l behind I'm Back (9-4) at Kempton 1m Handicap (0-95) (2yo) (3) pol.
Penny Rose 9-2 (9-0) Raced centre in touch, ridden 3f out, no impression 2f out until ran on final furlong, not reach leaders, 4th of 19, 4 1/2l behind Victrix Ludorum (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo flls auc (2) sft.
Fat Gary 14-1 (9-2) Led, joined 5f out, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on same pace, last of 4, 2 3/4l behind Van Der Neer (9-2) at Leicester 7f 2yo stks (3) sft.
Aint Got A Scooby (IRE) 8-1 (8-4) Took keen hold, held up, good headway centre over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong to lead main group close home, no impression on winner racing alone far side, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Empiricist (9-2) at Goodwood 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft.