European raiders have won three of the five renewals with Aidan O'Brien picking up last year's race. He runs Dewhurst third George Vancouver here who makes more appeal than stablemate and Listed winner Lines Of Battle. Dundonnell has leading claims on his defeat of Steeler at York as the latter went on to beat today's rival Artigiano at Newmarket when the favourite, FANTASTIC MOON, was hampered and only finished fifth. Jeremy Noseda's colt is fancied to prove that running all wrong and come out best on a fast surface that will suit. The home challenge looks a strong one as Balance The Books has already beaten Brown Almighty and Joha and the latter has subsequently won a Grade 1 trial at Keeneland. Chad Brown also runs Noble Tune, a major threat on his impressive victory in the Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont and preferred to Gervinho, also unbeaten having scored over C&D last month.
Summit County (USA) 60-1 (8-6) Bothered, stead 1/8, 5th of 14, 4l behind Balance The Books (8-10) at Keeneland(USA) 1m 2yo Grp 3 (1) fm in Oct.
Artigiano (USA) 7-1 (8-12) Led, headed narrowly halfway, with winner, ridden and every chance from 2f out until near finish, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Steeler (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep.
George Vancouver (USA) 16-1 (9-1) Went right start in touch in rear, switched right over 2f out, ridden and headway to go 3rd over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Dawn Approach (9-1) at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gs in Oct.
Gervinho (USA) 11-10fav (8-6) Came out 1/8,up wire, won at Santa Anita(USA) 1m 2yo stk fm in Oct beating Den's Legacy (8-6) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Fantastic Moon 9-4fav (8-12) Held up in touch, short of room and hampered entering final 2f, stayed on final furlong, never a factor, 5th of 8, 5l behind Steeler (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep.
Dundonnell (USA) 5-6fav (8-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, chased winner over 1f out, soon ridden and every chance, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Toronado (8-12) at Doncaster 7f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep.
Brown Almighty (USA) 5-1 (8-6) Carried out, steadied, 3rd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Balance The Books (8-10) at Keeneland(USA) 1m 2yo Grp 3 (1) fm in Oct.
Balance The Books 9-10fav (8-10) Carried out 1/8 pl, won at Keeneland(USA) 1m 2yo Grp 3 (1) fm in Oct beating Really Sharp (8-6) by shd, 14 ran.
Noble Tune (USA) 13-10fav (8-6) 3w ang 5/16,hand urged, won at Belmont Park(USA) 1m 2yo Grp 3 in Oct beating Notacatbutallama (8-6) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Joha 17-2 (8-9) Dug in, unyielding, won at Keeneland(USA) 1m 2yo Grp 1 (1) in Oct beating Dynamic Sky (8-9) by 1l, 16 ran.
Dry Summer (USA) 7-1 (8-10) 3wd into str,no rally, 8th of 11, 21l behind Power Broker (8-10) at Santa Anita(USA) 1m 2yo Grp 1 in Sep.
I'm Boundtoscore (USA) 10-1 (8-10) Held sway,driving, won at Woodbine(USA) 1m 2yo Grp 2 in Sep beating Are You Kidding Me (8-10) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Know More (USA) 9-5fav (8-10) Dueled btwn,held 2nd, 2nd of 11, 7l behind Power Broker (8-10) at Santa Anita(USA) 1m 2yo Grp 1 in Sep.
Lines Of Battle (USA) 9-4 (9-3) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Dundalk 7f 2yo Listed stks (1) pol in Oct beating Tennessee Wildcat (9-3) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Rising Legend 8-1 (8-13) Towards rear, headway on outer over 3f out, challenged 1f out, led inside final furlong, held on well, won at Doncaster 1m 2yo hcp (2) gd in Sep beating Hoarding (9-3) by 1/2l, 10 ran.