A terrific renewal of this Group 1 which features two classic winners and four others who have won at the highest level. Kingston Hill was runner-up to the brilliant Australia in the Epsom Derby but had earlier finished behind Night Of Thunder in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket and might not run if the ground is too fast. The latter had War Command behind when a brave second to Kingman in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot subsequently but tries a new trip today. Verrazano was second and Tullius fourth in the Queen Anne Stakes last month. Both have won over 1m1f but the extra distance might be a problem on this stiff track. Mukhadram was third in this last year and has place claims again while Trading Leather won last year's Irish Derby, though he hasn't scored since and was easily brushed aside by THE FUGUE in the Irish Champion Stakes in September. John Gosden's mare was back to her brilliant best in the Prince Of Wales' Stakes when Mukhadram was only fourth. This is her best trip and the ground won't be a problem so she can make up for a disappointing run in this last year when given too much to do.
Mukhadram 6-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders on inside, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and unable to quicken well over 1f out, kept on same pace in 4th, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind The Fugue (8-11) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Trading Leather (IRE) 4-6fav (9-0) Pulled hard towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Gospel Choir (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f Grp 2 (1) gf in May.
Tullius (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Held up in last pair, headway near side over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not quite pace to challenge, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Toronado (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Verrazano (USA) 6-1 (9-0) Sweating, held up in 6th, pushed along and headway over 2f out, chased leaders 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, chased winner final furlong and kept on but always held, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Toronado (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Zambucca (SAF) 33-1 (9-0) Midfield, lost place over 3f out, eased over 1f out, 7th of 8, well behind Sheikhzayedroad (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gs in Jun.
The Fugue 11-2 (8-11) Held up in 5th, smooth headway on outside over 2f out, went 2nd approaching final 2f, led over 1f out, shaken up and quickened clear inside final furlong, impressive, won at Royal Ascot 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun beating Magician (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Kingston Hill 15-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, not pace of winner inside final furlong, stayed on well for clear 2nd, 2nd of 16, 1 1/4l behind Australia (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Night Of Thunder (IRE) 3-1 (9-0) Led and set even pace, quickened over 2f out, ridden and headed final 150 yards, soon outpaced, stayed on for 2nd, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Kingman (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Somewhat (USA) 12-1 (9-0) Led briefly after 1f, chased leader, every chance 2f out, ridden and lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 4l behind Cannock Chase (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
True Story 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders on inside, pushed along and outpaced 3f out, ridden and edged left over 2f out, tried to rally and hung left over 1f out, weakened and lost 2 places towards finish, 7th of 16, 11l behind Australia (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
War Command (USA) 9-1 (9-0) Steadied start, held up last, pushed along and not quicken as pace lifted 2f out, stayed on into 4th and closed on 3rd, never going pace to challenge principals, 4th of 7, 4l behind Kingman (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.