Racing Post Trophy (Group 1) (Str) 1m
- (2yo, 1m, Class 1, 11 runners)
- Winner £149,714 2nd £56,760 3rd £28,406 4th £14,150 5th £7,102 6th £3,564
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 44.83s
- Off time: 15:52:41
|1st||7 Kingston Hill||7/2f|
|2nd||6 Johann Strauss||4½||9/1|
Altruistic (IRE) 27
|2||126 9-0||J P Murtagh||J P Murtagh||14/1|
Buonarroti (IRE) 20
|2||126 9-0||A P O'Brien||P Hanagan||105||14/1|
Century (IRE) 13
|2||126 9-0||A P O'Brien||J P O'Brien||6/1|
Chief Barker (IRE) 49
|2||126 9-0||Richard Hannon||R Hughes||103||8/1|
Dolce N Karama (IRE) 29
|2||126 9-0||J P Shanahan||T P O'Shea||200/1|
Johann Strauss 6
|2||126 9-0||A P O'Brien||R L Moore||9/1|
Kingston Hill 14
|2||126 9-0||R Varian||Andrea Atzeni||7/2f|
|2||126 9-0||C Appleby||M Barzalona||4/1|
Snow Sky 24
|2||126 9-0||Sir Michael Stoute||James Doyle||89||15/2|
Somewhat (USA) 28
|2||126 9-0||M Johnston||J Fanning||112||9/1|
The Grey Gatsby (IRE) 42
|2||126 9-0||K A Ryan||G Lee||108||16/1|
||2||9-0||A P O'Brien||J P O'Brien||15/8|
This looks well up to standard. Johnny Murtagh has had a wonderful season and Altruistic deserves his place in the line-up after a good run behind Geoffrey Chaucer at the Curragh where the ground may have been too quick. The winner is trained by Aidan O'Brien, who has three entries here. CENTURY was very impressive on his debut at the Curragh and, as he's the pick of Joseph O'Brien over Johann Strauss and Buonarroti who are both capable of improving on what we've seen so far, he gets the vote. Somewhat and The Grey Gatsby have the form for this if the going turns heavy while the unbeaten Chief Barker has done everything asked of him including on soft ground at Haydock last time. Pinzolo will need to improve from his two victories but there's every chance he'll do so and Godolphin are finishing the season with a flourish, while Kingston Hill has looked very impressive in his two starts and will take all the beating with further progress guaranteed.
Kingston Hill 15-2 (9-0) In touch towards rear, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Newmarket 1m 2yo Grp 3 (1) gs beating Oklahoma City (9-0) by 2l, 8 ran.
Johann Strauss 2-7fav (9-5) Soon tracked leader in 2nd, pushed along and no impression over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 6, nk behind Sniper (9-2) at Naas 7f mdn stks sft.
Altruistic (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Chased leader in 2nd, raced wide early, pushed along over 3f out, ridden 2nd 2f out, no extra and dropped to 3rd under 1f out, 3rd of 5, 2l behind Geoffrey Chaucer (9-3) at Curragh 1m 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep.
Dolce N Karama (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along to chase leader, ridden in 3rd 2f out, not much room soon after, ridden over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 4th of 9, 9l behind Archibald Thorburn (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Buonarroti (IRE) 7-4fav (9-5) Soon led, clear 2f out, stayed on strongly, impressive, won at Tipperary 1m 1f 2yo mdn beating Evason (9-5) by 9l, 15 ran.
Chief Barker (IRE) 5-4fav (9-0) Soon tracked leader, edged left 6f out, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, pressed leader inside final furlong, driven to lead final strides, won at Haydock 1m Listed stks 2yo (1) gs in Sep beating Chriselliam (8-9) by nk, 5 ran.
The Grey Gatsby (IRE) 13-8fav (8-12) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 4, 3l behind Outstrip (8-12) at Doncaster 7f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gs in Sep.
Snow Sky 7-2fav (9-5) Mid-division, smooth headway over 2f out, soon led, driven clear over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Salisbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) hvy beating Ultimate Act (9-5) by 11l, 13 ran.
Somewhat (USA) 11-8fav (8-12) Led, ridden and edged left 2f out, headed narrowly inside final furlong, ran on, just held, 2nd of 5, nk behind Berkshire (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Sep.
Pinzolo 5-2 (9-2) In touch, not clear run over 1f out, switched right inside final furlong, ridden and ran on to press leader towards finish, led final strides, won at Newbury 1m 2yo stks (2) sft in Sep beating Red Galileo (8-12) by hd, 5 ran.
Century (IRE) 11-4 (9-5) Slowly into stride, towards rear, pushed along and progress in 8th 2f out, ridden to challenge 1f out, soon led, kept on well closing stages, won at Curragh 1m 2yo mdn gd beating Marakoush (9-5) by 1 1/2l, 15 ran.