Chopin wasn't beaten that far in the Derby considering he was short of room in the closing stages. Still, he has a penalty to carry in this and a bit to find on collateral form with Indian Chief. The Ballydoyle colt found subsequent Derby runner-up Libertarian too good in the Dante at York last time and makes more appeal than Newmarket 2000 Guineas third Van Der Neer as the latter steps up in trip. Secret Number was well beaten in the Dante but SHIKARPOUR finished a creditable fifth over today's trip in the French Derby at the start of the month. Given that was only his second start, Alain De Royer-Dupre's colt can be expected to show further progress and that could well be enough to see him come out best in this. Remote, Kitten On The Run and Elkaayed are others likely to improve but have some catching up to do to match the raider from France.
Chopin (GER) 12-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway when not clearest of runs and switched right over 2f out, stayed on same pace under pressure inside final furlong, weakening when short of room close home, 7th of 12, 4l behind Ruler Of The World (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gd.
Centurius 15-2 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, kept on one pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Windhoek (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in May.
Elkaayed (USA) 6-4fav (8-12) Made all, shaken up over 2f out, clear over 1f out, ran on strongly, impressive, won at Doncaster 1m 2f con stks (2) gd beating Sea Meets Sky (8-7) by 2 3/4l, 3 ran.
Hoarding (USA) 11-2 (9-3) In touch in rear, switched right approaching final 2f, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon pressed, ran on and always looked to be holding 2nd, won at Newmarket 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in May beating Tha'ir (9-7) by hd, 5 ran.
Ideal (GER) (9-2) won at Hoppegarten(GER) 1m 3yo stk gd in May, 14 ran.
Indian Chief (IRE) 11-4fav (9-0) Held up in rear, headway 2f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Libertarian (9-0) at York 1m 2f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gd in May.
Kitten On The Run (USA) 9-1 (9-7) Settled towards rear, headway over 4f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on well, never reached leaders, 4th of 7, 2 3/4l behind High Troja (8-2) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Remote 10-3 (8-7) In touch, headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, driven clear over 1f out, impressive, won at Doncaster 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd beating Baltic Knight (9-2) by 6l, 10 ran.
Secret Number 15-2 (9-0) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 8l behind Libertarian (9-0) at York 1m 2f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gd in May.
Shikarpour (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) 5th of 19, 5l behind Intello (9-2) at Chantilly(FR) 1m 2f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gs.
Van Der Neer 5-2fav (9-0) Soon chased leaders off the pace, ridden along from 3f out, no impression in moderate 7th from over 1f out, 8th of 10, 14l behind Magician (9-0) at Curragh 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf in May.
Windhoek 11-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, led inside final furlong, soon headed, no extra, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Libertarian (9-0) at York 1m 2f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gd in May.