John Gosden sent out last year’s winner and ROARING LION bids for a fourth consecutive Group 1 success. He drops back in trip having won the Eclipse, Juddmonte International and last month’s Irish Champion Stakes over 1m2f and connections will be hoping today’s testing ground will blunt the speed of the high-class milers. Of those, Recoletos won the the Group 1 Prix du Moulin last month with Sussex Stakes winner Lightning Spear behind. The latter beat both Lord Glitters and Beat The Bank at Goodwood while Addeybb could run a big race back on soft going on his return from a lay-off. But Laurens is proving a filly out of the top drawer having won four times at the highest level this year including the Sun Chariot at Newmarket a fortnight when beating both of today’s Ballydoye representatives Happily and I Can Fly and Karl Burke’s charge should run another big race today.
Addeybb (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Raced near side of group, held up towards rear, pushed along and some headway over 2f out, ridden inside final 2f, never really on terms, 8th of 14, 9 3/4l behind Rhododendron (8-11) at Newbury 1m Grp 1 stks (1) gf in May.
Beat The Bank 11-8fav (9-7) Chased leaders, shaken up halfway, driven to challenge over 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Goodwood 1m Grp 2 stks (1) gd in Aug beating Whisky Baron (9-4) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Century Dream (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Ins, overwhelmed 1/16, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Robert Bruce (8-10) at Arlington 1m 2f stks gd in Aug.
Gabrial (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 11, 10l behind Dolphin Vista (9-3) at Ayr 1m 2f lst stks (1) sft in Sep.
Lightning Spear (9-4) 5th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Recoletos (9-4) at Longchamp 1m Grp 1 stks in Sep.
Lord Glitters (FR) 10-3 (8-9) Hustled3/8s, chased, 6th of 8, 4l behind Oscar Performance (8-11) at Woodbine 1m stks gd in Sep.
Recoletos (FR) (9-4) won at Longchamp 1m Grp 1 stks in Sep beating Wind Chimes (8-9) by hd, 11 ran.
Stormy Antarctic 15-1 (8-11) Mid 2w, in range, game, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Oscar Performance (8-11) at Woodbine 1m stks gd in Sep.
Hey Gaman (8-12) 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Ostilio (8-12) at Longchamp 1m Grp 2 gs in Oct.
Roaring Lion (USA) 8-11fav (9-1) Raced in 5th early, soon 6th, headway on outer from before straight, pushed along 2f out, 2nd 1f out, soon edged left, led close home, won at Leopardstown 1m 2f Grp 1 stks (1) gf in Sep beating Saxon Warrior (9-1) by nk, 7 ran.
Romanised (IRE) (8-12) 5th of 11, 7 3/4l behind Alpha Centauri (8-9) at Deauville 1m stks gd in Aug.
I Can Fly 12-1 (9-0) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on into 4th inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 4th of 9, 5 1/4l behind Laurens (9-0) at Newmarket 1m Grp 1 fll stks (1) gd in Oct.
Laurens (FR) 11-4fav (9-0) Prominent, led after 1f, soon edged left towards stands side, driven over 1f out, challenged inside final furlong, held on gamely, won at Newmarket 1m Grp 1 fll stks (1) gd in Oct beating Happily (9-0) by hd, 9 ran.
Happily (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Led 1f, remained prominent, switched right before halfway, driven to challenge over 2f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 9, hd behind Laurens (9-0) at Newmarket 1m Grp 1 fll stks (1) gd in Oct.
Aljazzi 20-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, short of room soon after start, never dangerous, 7th of 9, 7 1/4l behind Laurens (9-0) at Newmarket 1m Grp 1 fll stks (1) gd in Oct.