WAR COMMAND's only defeat came over 6f at the hands of Sudirman, who runs in the Middle Park earlier on the card. He bounced back with an emphatic win in the Futurity at the Curragh in August when back over 7f and looks the one to beat on that form. Champagne Stakes winner Outstrip should give the Ballydoyle colt a race as he returned an impressive winner at Doncaster but the remainder will need to improve if they're to trouble the principal duo. Cable Bay has plenty to find with Outstrip while Anjaal hasn't raced since landing the Group 2 July Stakes at Newmarket during the summer. Stormardal and Friendship are even harder to fancy in this grade.
Anjaal 14-1 (8-12) Dwelt in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on strongly to lead near finish, won at Newmarket 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jul beating Figure Of Speech (8-12) by nk, 11 ran.
Cable Bay (IRE) 11-4fav (8-12) Raced wide early close up, ridden over 2f out, chased winner approaching final furlong, no impression inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Miracle of Medinah (8-12) at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep.
Friendship (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, closer in 4th 3f out, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and no extra 1 1/2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 5, 9l behind Toormore (9-3) at Curragh 7f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Sep.
Outstrip 13-8fav (8-12) Dwelt keen soon close up, ridden 2f out, headway to lead 1f out, edged right and ran on final furlong, won at Doncaster 7f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gs in Sep beating The Grey Gatsby (8-12) by 3l, 4 ran.
Stormardal (IRE) 3-1 (9-1) Close up, chased winner 3f out, ridden and one pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Safety Check (9-7) at Newmarket 1m 2yo hcp (2) gd in Sep.
War Command (USA) 8-11fav (9-6) Chased leaders in 4th, improved into 3rd and niggled along 2f out, ridden to lead under 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, comfortably, won at Curragh 7f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Aug beating Mustajeeb (9-3) by 3l, 5 ran.