Official figures deservedly have Dream Ahead in front of FRANKEL but the market fails to reflect that and the layers may well be right. Henry Cecil's comments and glowing reports of the Galileo colt's gallops look to have influenced the betting as much as the performances which have seen him treat his opposition with disdain and he appears to possess the speed to cope with the drop back in trip. The market is fairly insulting to Dream Ahead as he has been equally impressive in brushing aside stronger opposition over six furlongs despite wandering off a true line once in the clear. Saamidd is well regarded at home but hasn't impressed as much as the market leaders on the track whilst this is a big step up in class for Roderic O'Connor who won well on his second start having shaped promisingly behind the unbeaten Dunboyne Express on debut.
Dream Ahead (USA) 5-4fav (8-12) Dwelt held up, smooth progress on bit to track leaders 2f out, shaken up to lead approaching 1f out, soon hung left, ridden clear, impressive, won at Newmarket 6f 2yo Grp 1 (1) sft beating Strong Suit (8-12) by 9l, 8 ran.
Frankel 3-10fav (8-12) Held up last but well in touch, rapid headway on outsde to lead just over 3f out, came right away final 2f, stayed on strongly, most impressive, won at Ascot 1m 2yo Grp 2 (1) gs in Sep beating Klammer (8-12) by 10l, 5 ran.
Glor Na Mara (IRE) 13-2 (9-1) Held up in touch, headway into 3rd 2f out, soon ridden and no impression, weakened final furlong, 5th of 9, 11l behind Pathfork (9-1) at Curragh 7f 2yo Grp 1 (1) in Sep.
Roderic O'Connor (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Led and soon clear, in command from 2f out, stayed on well, won at Curragh 7f 2yo mdn gf in Jun beating Master Of Hounds (9-0) by 2 1/2l, 12 ran.
Saamidd 5-6fav (8-12) Held up towards rear, smooth headway on outer over 2f out, shaken up to lead over 1f out, ridden and quickened to draw clear inside final furlong, eased towards finish, won at Doncaster 7f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep beating Approve (9-1) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Waiter's Dream 9-4 (8-12) Led, headed over 1f out, ridden and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Saamidd (8-12) at Doncaster 7f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep.