TWICE OVER was a surprise winner 12 months ago but has leading claims this time around and must go close. There are valid suggestions that he falls short of the very best and that is backed up by defeats at Ascot, York and the Curragh this season but there are doubts as to whether any of the runners in this line-up can get the better of him. Poet's Voice settles better now and may continue to improve over this longer trip, Await The Dawn sprung to prominence with an impressive win at Leopardstown, Gitano Hernando has oozed class on the all-weather but now has to do it on grass, Fuisse appears to possess talent and temperament in equal measure while strong claims are held by Vision D'Etat who looked as good as ever at Deauville and had Twice Over behind when winning at Royal Ascot last year. An intriguing race in which Twice Over is far from unbeatable but he has achieved enough to earn the vote to retain his crown.
Alwaary (USA) 3-1 (9-3) Keen, switched left towards stands' side and led one other 9f out, disputed lead halfway, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 5, 14l behind Myplacelater (8-6) at Newmarket 1m 4f Listed stks (1) sft.
Debussy (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Blck'd rail 1/4,surged, won at Arlington(USA) 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gd in Aug beating Gio Ponti (9-0) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Fuisse (FR) 14-1 (9-2) won at Longchamp(FR) 1m Grp 1 (1) gd in Sep, 6 ran.
Gitano Hernando 9-10fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, switched to outer 1 1/2f out, soon driven along, improved into 2nd and challenged 1f out, ran on well to lead close home, comfortably, won at Dundalk 1m 3f Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1) pol beating Wade Giles (8-11) by nk, 7 ran.
Glass Harmonium (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, held up in 7th, headway over 2f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Byword (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Sri Putra (9-6) 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Indian Days (9-6) at Veliefendi(TUR) 1m 4f clm stks sft in Sep.
Twice Over 10-3 (9-7) Held up in 4th, progress 4f out, 3rd 3f out, ridden and no impression early straight, kept on same pace under pressure from over 1f out, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Cape Blanco (9-0) at Leopardstown 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gf in Sep.
Vision D'etat (FR) (8-9) won at Deauville(FR) 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) sft in Aug beating Budai (8-9) by 1l, 11 ran.
Await The Dawn (USA) 7-2fav (9-1) Tracked leader in 2nd, improved to lead entering straight, soon drew clear, stayed on strongly, eased from over 100 yards from finish, impressive, won at Leopardstown 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gf in Sep beating South Easter (9-8) by 9l, 10 ran.
Poet's Voice 9-2 (8-13) Held up last, headway on outside over 2f out, sustained run from inside final 2f, strong challenge throughout final furlong, stayed on gamely under pressure to lead last stride, won at Ascot 1m Grp 1 (1) gs in Sep beating Rip Van Winkle (9-3) by ns, 8 ran.
Wigmore Hall (IRE) 9-4 (8-11) Held up in 6th, headway on outside going well over 2f out, led over 1f out, driven and kept on final furlong, caught on line, 2nd of 7, shd behind Myplacelater (8-8) at Doncaster 1m 2f cond stks (2) gd in Sep.