DREAM AHEAD provided David Simcock with his first Group One winner when landing the Prix Morny at Deauville and the horse is taken to give his handler a first top-level success on these shores by accounting for Strong Suit. The colt has always been highly regarded and hardly broke sweat in landing the odds on debut before that French effort, in which he scored comfortably despite still looking inexperienced. Cut in the ground is deemed imperative and with that likely he's taken to beat Strong Suit, whose finest hour came when showing a superb turn of foot to land the Coventry. The Hannon-trained colt wears a tongue tie for the first time as he bids to bounce back from defeat in the Phoenix Stakes when events conspired against him and it wouldn't be a surprise were he to do just that, but quicker ground would suit. Temple Meads showed when winning his maiden here that these conditions present no problem and he's the talent to back up his reputation but a refusal to settle is off-putting now he's stepped up in class, while Approve is more of a threat than Samuel Morse who tries a visor as connections seek improvement.
Al Aasifh (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) 10th of 11, 12l behind Dream Ahead (8-13) at Deauville(FR) 6f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Aug.
Approve (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on, always very well held, 2nd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Saamidd (8-12) at Doncaster 7f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep.
Dream Ahead (USA) 8-1 (8-13) won at Deauville(FR) 6f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Aug beating Tin Horse (8-13) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Foghorn Leghorn 5-2fav (9-7) Chased leaders, effort under pressure over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 5th of 6, 9l behind Boundaries (8-8) at Chester 5f 2yo hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Irish Field (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Dream Ahead (8-13) at Deauville(FR) 6f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Aug.
Samuel Morse (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Held up, 7th halfway, 5th and progress 2f out, moderate 4th and no impression final furlong, 4th of 9, 6l behind Pathfork (9-1) at Curragh 7f 2yo Grp 1 (1) in Sep.
Strong Suit (USA) 4-9fav (9-1) Prominent, on terms 2 1/2f out, narrowly in front from over 1f out, no extra and headed near finish, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Zoffany (9-1) at Curragh 6f 2yo Grp 1 (1) in Aug.
Temple Meads 4-1 (9-1) Last to break, held up in rear, took keen hold, headway travelling strongly over 2f out, quickened to lead over 1f out, ran on well, won at Newbury 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Sep beating Formosina (9-4) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.