All of these step up in trip today. Kew Gardens had only won a maiden race before landing last year’s renewal for Aidan O’Brien and the same goes for SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE. The latter finished runner-up to stablemate Mohawk in the Group 2 Royal Lodge over a mile here a fortnight ago and the half-brother to Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling should get every yard of this extra distance. He preferred to stable companion and Naas maiden winner Norway but much better is expected from Waldstern now tackling middle-distances despite finding one too good under a penalty at Haydock. Nate The Great has placed in Listed company and won a novice event over 1m1f at Musselburgh recently but the remainder look to have a tough task in this company.
Flying Dragon (FR) 12-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, led 2f out, ridden and stayed on well, won at Sandown 1m stks (5) gd in Sep beating Damon Runyon (9-2) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Nate The Great 1-9fav (9-6) Pressed leader, led 2f out, pushed clear over 1f out, unchallenged after, very easily, won at Musselburgh 1m 1f stks (4) gf in Sep beating Mister Chiang (9-2) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.
Norway (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Soon led, ridden to assert 1 1/2f out, stayed on well final furlong, easily, won at Naas 1m mdn gd in Oct beating Bellakris (9-0) by 6 1/2l, 9 ran.
Sydney Opera House 20-1 (9-0) Disputed lead until ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on one pace, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Mohawk (9-0) at Newmarket 1m Grp 2 stks (1) gf in Sep.
Waldstern 4-7fav (9-6) Slowly into stride, soon mid-division, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, hard pressed inside final furlong, headed and no extra inside final 100 yards, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Kadar (9-0) at Haydock 1m stks (4) gs in Sep.
I'll Have Another (IRE) 11-1 (9-10) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, short of room inside final furlong, not quicken close home, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Chaleur (9-3) at Newmarket 7f fll (2) gf in Sep.
You Never Can Tell (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Slow into stride, in touch towards rear, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 16 1/4l behind Arctic Sound (9-0) at Newmarket 7f Grp 3 stks (1) gd in Sep.