TOTAL COMMAND rates our idea of the winner here although Tactician would be hard to beat if returning to his debut form; this pair are rated much more interesting than the others. Sir Michael Stoute's son of Saddler's Wells stepped up on a moderate debut, when to be fair conditions wouldn't have suited, to take an eye-catching second here in October. He's only going to improve now stepping up in trip and the yard have started the season well enough to suggest he'll be ready for this, so in anticipation of a big run from Latansaa in the opener (behind Total Command last time) we expect this one to take some beating. Tactician finished second to Wednesday's winner Coordinated Cut on his debut and although he disappointed on his second start that race has actually worked out rather well and the winner was electric. He's another for whom this step up will be a benefit and must be a real threat to our pick. Idealism should step up on his debut and the market will tell us more whilst Momkinzain went through the sales ring cheaply and may not live up to his pedigree. Aalya need to leave her debut behind but should prefer these conditions and All Action is a newcomer to note in the betting for last year's winning trainer Henry Cecil, but Total Command looks a horse to keep on the right side and gets the call.
All Action (USA) Storm Cat colt out of Wandesta.
Idealism 10-1 (9-3) Broke well, in rear, headway to go in touch over 6f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, 10th of 17, 24l behind Saboteur (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct.
Mighty Mambo 11-4 (8-8) Tracked leading pair, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, kept on final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Nazreef (8-8) at Southwell 1m 2yo nov stks (5) fbs in Nov.
Momkinzain (USA) Rahy colt out of Fait Accompli.
Tactician 7-4fav (9-3) Took keen hold, held up in rear, ridden, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never in contention, 4th of 16, 13l behind Kalypso King (9-3) at Newbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Total Command 7-1 (9-3) Held up, driven and headway over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on to go 2nd inside final furlong, no impression with winner, 2nd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Multames (9-3) at Newbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) gs in Oct.
Aalya (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Dwelt, in rear, headway 2f out, soon switched right, kept on under a hand ride, better for race, 6th of 13, 12l behind Quiet (9-0) at Leicester 1m 2yo mdn fll (4) gf in Sep.