shade keen, tracked leader 4f, handy 3rd, 2nd again and every chance 2f out, 3rd and one pace inside final furlong
held up in last trio, headway on outside tracking leaders over 3f out, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out
took keen hold, held up last, steady headway 3f out, tracking leaders and squeezed through to lead over 1f out, hung left inside final furlong, headed and no extra towards finish
tracked leaders, weakened 3f out
led until over 2f out, weakened soon after
raced wide tracking leaders, 2nd 8f out, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra in 4th inside final furlong
held up in touch, pushed along and unable to quicken 2f out, headway between horses over 1f out, stayed on to lead towards finish
unseated rider leaving stalls
pulled hard in touch, weakened over 2f out
Defoe comes to hand early and justified favouritism in this 12 months ago. He later won the Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket and was placed in a Group 1 in Germany but faces a stronger field this year. YOUNG RASCAL’s only defeat last season came when seventh in the Epsom Derby. He promises to make an even better four-year-old and is 2-2 on this track. Communique is held by the selection on last year’s St Simon Stakes form and was beaten earlier by Laraaib in the Cumberland Lodge at Ascot when Blakeney Point finished last. Mootasadir is an all-weather specialist while this looks on the sharp side for Melbourne Cup runner-up Marmelo and also the filly Proschema.
Laraaib (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) Keen tracked leader, ridden to lead narrowly 2f out, edged right inside final furlong, asserted close home, won at Ascot 1m 4f Grp 3 stks (1) sft in Oct beating Communique (8-10) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Young Rascal (FR) Evensfav (9-1) Raced keenly, tracked leader, led over 2f out, driven inside final furlong, joined post, won at Newbury 1m 4f Grp 3 stks (1) gs in Oct beating Morando (9-4), 10 ran.
Aspetar (FR) 9-4 (9-7) Raced keenly, held up in last pair, steady headway on outside tracking leaders over 3f out, ridden to challenge and edged left inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 8, 3/4l behind Outbox (9-2) at Newbury 1m 5f stks (2) gs in Oct.
Blakeney Point 11-2 (9-2) In touch in 5th, ridden and no impression 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 5, 17 1/4l behind Laraaib (9-2) at Ascot 1m 4f Grp 3 stks (1) sft in Oct.
Communique (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders on outside, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 10, 10l behind Morando (9-4) at Newbury 1m 4f Grp 3 stks (1) gs in Oct.
Defoe (IRE) (9-6) 2nd of 7, 4l behind Iquitos (9-6) at Munich 1m 4f Grp 1 sft in Nov.
Marmelo 11-1 (8-9) 2nd of 24, 1l behind Cross Counter (8-0) at Flemington 2m Grp 1 hcp (1) gs in Nov.
Pilansberg 5-4fav (11-7) Led until 1st, prominent, led before 7th, driven and headed approaching 2 out, hanging right flat, no impression on winner, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Vancouver (11-10) at Taunton 2m 3f (5) gd in Feb.
Proschema (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Held up in mid-division, headway over 3f out, edged left and went 2nd over 2f out, no impression on winner from over 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Elegiac (8-12) at York 1m 6f hcp (2) gd in Oct.
Mootasadir 4-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, headway to lead entering final furlong, pressed inside final furlong, ran on, won at Kempton 1m 2f lst stks (1) pol in Mar beating Extra Elusive (9-0) by 1/2l, 9 ran.