Somewhat finished second in the Royal Lodge to Berkshire before a below par effort in soft ground. Mark Johnston has good record in this and sent out Bow Creek to beat Barley Mow at Lingfield recently so has a good line on the form. Saying that, Ryan Moore still prefers Barley Mow to stablemate Truth Or Dare and much better is expected from the former today. True Story, Madeed and Master The World all ended last season with victories in maidens and step up in class, as does the Irish raider OBLITERATOR. His win at the Curragh looks nothing special on paper, but he was put away for the rest of the season after that success and a string of fancy entries suggest Ger Lyons holds him in high regard.
Somewhat (USA) 9-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 9th of 11, 14l behind Kingston Hill (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 2yo Grp 1 (1) sft in Oct.
Barley Mow (IRE) 8-13fav (9-0) Tracked winner, ran wide bend 2f out, driven to challenge inside final furlong, not quicken towards finish, 2nd of 3, 1/2l behind Bow Creek (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 3yo Listed stks (1) pol.
Cordite (IRE) 11-1 (8-12) Led until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 11, 5l behind Piping Rock (8-12) at Newbury 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) hvy in Oct.
Madeed 2-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, led narrowly 2f out, ridden and hard pressed final furlong, held on well towards finish, won at Goodwood 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug beating Pack Leader (9-5) by nk, 11 ran.
Master The World (IRE) 13-2 (9-0) Made all, clear entering final furlong, ran on, unchallenged, won at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sep beating Divisional (9-0) by 2l, 18 ran.
Obliterator (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Waited with, headway towards outer into 7th over 2f out, improved to track leaders over 1f out, drifted a bit right and led inside final furlong, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Curragh 1m mdn stks gd in Sep beating No Wunder (9-5) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.
Rock 'n' Roll Star 6-4fav (8-6) Slowly away, in rear, pushed along over 2f out, soon headway, led over 1f out, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Jan beating Old Town Boy (8-6) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Stormardal (IRE) 50-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, ridden to lead briefly over 1f out, faded final furlong, 5th of 6, 7l behind War Command (9-1) at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gs in Oct.
True Story Evensfav (9-5) Dwelt keen early, held up, headway 2f out, led approaching final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jul beating Expert (9-5) by 4l, 10 ran.
Truth Or Dare 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3l behind Kingston Hill (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2yo Grp 3 (1) gs in Oct.