A splendid renewal for the opening Classic of the season in which KINGMAN is taken to preserve his unbeaten record, although whether he represents acceptable betting value is open to question as he faces a collection of potentially high-class opponents. However, John Gosden has been effusive in praise of his unbeaten colt who is taken to post another Classic success for the Juddmonte operation after a stunning return to action when routing his field in the Greenham Stakes. Ballydoyle unleash two powerful opponents against the market leader with Dewhurst winner War Command and the talking horse of the winter, Australia. The latter only landed a Group 3 after breaking his maiden but his demolition of Dermot Weld's highly regarded Free Eagle was an outstanding effort. He possibly looks more of a Derby horse but a strong effort is expected all the same. Kingston Hill also looks more of an Epsom type but the unbeaten Toormore is a potent first Classic runner for Richard Hannon. Only workmanlike on his successful Craven Stakes reappearance, there'll surely be more to come here and he was very impressive when landing the Group 1 National Stakes at the Curragh last season.
Australia 5-2 (9-3) Niggled along in last early, 3rd after 2f, improved to lead and ridden 1 1/2f out, soon went clear, stayed on well, easily, won at Leopardstown 1m 2yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep beating Free Eagle (9-3) by 6l, 4 ran.
Bookrunner (USA) (9-2) 4th of 7, hd behind Charm Spirit (9-2) at Maisons-Laffitte(FR) 7f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gs in Apr.
Charm Spirit (IRE) (9-2) won at Maisons-Laffitte(FR) 7f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gs in Apr beating Kiram (9-2) by shd, 7 ran.
Ertijaal (IRE) 4-5fav (9-5) Dwelt, keen early, close up, headway to lead entering final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Lingfield 7f cond stks (2) pol in Apr beating Passing Star (9-5) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Kingman 15-8fav (9-0) Held up in touch, smooth headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, shaken up and quickened clear, very impressive, won at Newbury 7f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr beating Night Of Thunder (9-0) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
Kingston Hill 7-2fav (9-0) In touch, headway to lead over 1f out, ridden and ran on, impressive, won at Doncaster 1m 2yo Grp 1 (1) sft in Oct beating Johann Strauss (9-0) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
Master The World (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 30l behind True Story (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 1f 3yo lst stk (1) gd in Apr.
Night Of Thunder (IRE) 11-4 (9-0) Close up, ridden 2f out, chase winner inside final furlong, no pace of winner, 2nd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Kingman (9-0) at Newbury 7f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.
Noozhoh Canarias (SPA) (9-2) won at La Zarzuela(SPA) 7f con stks sft in Mar, 3 ran.
Outstrip 6-1 (8-10) Came out str,rallied, won at Santa Anita(USA) 1m 2yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Nov beating Giovanni Boldini (8-10) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Shifting Power 13-8fav (9-1) Prominent, ridden and slightly outpaced over 2f out, rallied to press leaders over 1f out, driven inside final furlong, led final strides, won at Newmarket 7f (1) gd in Apr beating Mushir (8-10) by hd, 6 ran.
The Grey Gatsby (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Led, headed over 6f out, tracked winner, joined winner 3f out, ridden to lead narrowly 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, driven and soon hung right, stayed on, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Toormore (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.
Toormore (IRE) Evensfav (9-3) Keen early, led over 6f out, joined 3f out, headed narrowly 2f out, shaken up and led again approaching final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr beating The Grey Gatsby (9-0) by 2l, 6 ran.
War Command (USA) 10-11fav (9-1) Close up, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, ran on, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gs in Oct beating Cable Bay (9-1) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.