Three-year-olds have only won two of the last ten renewals but are well represented by a trio of Ballydoyle entries and a classy contender from Spain in Noozhoh Canarias, who led a brilliant 2000 Guineas field for a long way before tiring in the closing stages. Due Diligence did most things right in the Diamond Jubilee but couldn't quite contain SLADE POWER. He is probably the pick of the Aidan O'Brien contingent but the winner has confirmed his status at the highest level and that victory just shades that of his stablemate Sole Power's success in the King's Stand Stakes. Aljamaaheer, who was a close third in the Diamond Jubilee, showed his versatility that day as his last success came in Ascot's Summer Mile in September. We've seen enough of Wesley Ward's sprinters to know that Undrafted wouldn't be without a chance though he's only a Grade 3 performer in the USA and though Cougar Mountain has a massive task after just one run in a maiden there are plenty at Ballydoyle who believe he's a Group 1 winner waiting to happen.
Aljamaaheer (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Raced far side, held up, headway well over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, ran on into 3rd final 50 yards, snatched 2nd final strides but never going pace of winner, 3rd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Slade Power (9-4) at Royal Ascot 6f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Gregorian (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Held up in touch, headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, hard driven inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Newmarket 7f Grp 3 (1) sft in Jun beating Garswood (9-3) by 1l, 8 ran.
Jack Dexter 20-1 (9-4) Raced centre, held up, ridden well over 1f out, plugged on inside final furlong, never going pace to get involved, 7th of 14, 7l behind Slade Power (9-4) at Royal Ascot 6f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Moviesta (USA) 7-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, ridden when weakened over 1f out, 12th of 13, 36l behind Maarek (9-13) at York 6f Grp 2 (1) sft in May.
Rex Imperator 25-1 (9-4) Took fierce hold and held up towards rear, some headway near side over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 15th of 16, 10l behind Sole Power (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Slade Power (IRE) 7-2fav (9-4) Raced far side, chased leaders, went 2nd 2f out, led well over 1f out, ridden staying on and looked in command when hung left final 50 yards, kept on, won at Royal Ascot 6f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun beating Due Diligence (8-11) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Sole Power 5-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, still last and plenty to do 2f out, switched right inside final 2f, not clear run and switched right again over 1f out, ended towards far side and strong run inside final furlong, quickened to lead final 75 yards, impressive, won at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun beating Stepper Point (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 16 ran.
Tropics (USA) 25-1 (9-4) Raced in centre and prominent, led group halfway, hung right towards far side group over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 14, 7l behind Slade Power (9-4) at Royal Ascot 6f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Undrafted (USA) 9-2 (8-2) Bump after st, 6w 3/16, won at Belmont Park(USA) 6f Group 3 in Jun beating Marchman (8-10) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Astaire (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Raced far side, led and overall, headed well over 1f out, chased winner, ridden and lost 2nd overall over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 6l behind Slade Power (9-4) at Royal Ascot 6f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Cougar Mountain (IRE) 8-11fav (9-5) Soon tracked leaders, 4th halfway, 2nd and challenged from under 2f out, led over 1f out, pushed out and stayed on well to draw clear inside final furlong, easily, won at Naas 6f mdn stks gf in Jun beating Monsieur Power (9-5) by 6l, 7 ran.
Due Diligence (USA) 5-1 (8-11) Race centre, led group until halfway, remained prominent, chased winner inside final furlong, staying on and edging slightly right but looked held when hampered and snatched up 50 yards out, lost 2nd final strides, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Slade Power (9-4) at Royal Ascot 6f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Fountain Of Youth (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Pushed along to soon track leaders, pushed along from halfway, challenged in 2nd 1f out, stayed on well final furlong to lead near finish, won at Curragh 5f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun beating Extortionist (9-3) by hd, 6 ran.
Hot Streak (IRE) 3-1fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden edged left and went 2nd over 1f out, upsides and every chance throughout final furlong until winner quickened on by final 75 yards, 3rd of 16, 1 1/2l behind Sole Power (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Justice Day (IRE) 5-1 (8-10) Prominent, led 2f out, ridden and ran on, won at Haydock 6f cond Stakes (2) gs beating Morache Music (8-11) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Noozhoh Canarias (SPA) 22-1 (9-0) Led far side group and overall leader until inside final furlong, no extra, 6th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Night Of Thunder (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf in May.