A false pace is always a worry in these small fields so connections of the principals will be hoping Darwin takes up the running and gives a good lead to stablemate War Command. But the Ballydoyle duo will do well to hold off the challenges of Toronado and KINGMAN. The latter has made up for a blip in the 2000 Guineas in no uncertain manner subsequently winning the Irish equivalent before landing the St James's Palace Stakes at Ascot in great style. Three-year-olds have a good record in this and John Gosden's colt is fancied to get the better of Toronado. The latter proved himself a high-class miler with a comeback victory in the Queen Anne at Ascot and will likely force his younger rival to pull out all the stops. Outstrip has been no match for Kingman so far and it's likely to prove a similar story today.
Darwin 6-4fav (9-12) Chased leaders, 2nd travelling well 2f out, soon ridden, 2nd 1f out, carried slightly left inside final furlong, kept on same pace in 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Ansgar (9-9) at Curragh 7f Grp 3 (1) gf.
Toronado (IRE) 4-5fav (9-0) Held up in 7th, smooth headway near side over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, led approaching final furlong, ridden and ran on well, won at Royal Ascot 1m Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun beating Verrazano (9-0) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Kingman 8-11fav (9-0) Held up in 6th, smooth headway on outside over 2f out, went 2nd approaching final furlong, quickened to lead final 150 yards and went immediately right, soon clear easily, won at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun beating Night Of Thunder (9-0) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Outstrip 33-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders on inside, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, stayed on into 3rd final 150 yards and stayed on well but never going pace of winner, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Kingman (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
War Command (USA) 8-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, outpaced 3f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 9, 7l behind Mukhadram (9-7) at Sandown 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gf.