Proponent can beat his main rival Minos, with Only Hope and Above And Below up against it. This really does look a match on paper, and on the evidence of a smooth debut success at Newbury last month, we are prepared to side with Proponent. A 160,000gns yearling, he was not expected to be sharp enough to do what he did first time, but was impressive enough to earn quotes for next year's Vodafone Derby, and has to be kept on the right side. Main opponent Minos was well down the field in the Goffs Million at The Curragh, but was drawn low which did not help, and Richard Hannon's colt, who holds an entry in the Racing Post Trophy, will be better suited by the step back up to a mile. He should give a good account, but faces a smart sort in Proponent who can make it two-out-of-two and enhance his reputation in the process.
Minos (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Chased leaders to 2f out on stand's side, 21st of 28, 24l behind Miss Beatrix (8-9) at Curragh 7f 2yo aut gs in Sept.
Proponent (IRE) 2-1fav (9-3) Tracked leader, led going well 2f out, pushed out final furlong, comfortably, won at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sept beating Opera Crown (9-3) by 2l, 10 ran.
Above And Below (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 14, 29l behind Light Shift (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn fll (4) gf in Sept.
Only Hope 33-1 (8-1) Slowly into stride, held up, effort over 2f out, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 10th of 17, 6l behind Blithe (8-12) at Newmarket 7f 2yo fll hcp (2) gs in Sept.