Favourites have an outstanding record in this race and so if the betting forecast is correct then On Our Way must be on short lists, but MASTERY stood out at Nottingham last week and he gets the vote to follow up. Mark Johnston's two-year-olds are not usually red hot first time, which suggests that there is a fiar bit more to come from the Sulamani colt, who scored impressively on soft ground over this trip. The time of the race was good given the conditions, and pedigree suggests that he will be at least as good on a sound surface so we'll side with him. On Our Way is a Group 2 horse, so that is clearly a fairly hefty task for the selection to take on. Henry Cecil's colt was not disgraced in the Royal Lodge last time and has produced four good racecourse runs to date. Rated 103, he is clearly very much respected. The same goes for 100-rated Cruikadyke, who has both speed and stamina in the pedigree and tries this trip for the first time. He was thereabouts in the Goffs Million last time and can go well again here. RA Junior is another progressive type and the form of his last run is working out well enough to suggest that he can once again get involved. Midnight Cruiser would be better if the rains came and preference here is for Mastery.
Aurorian (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, effort 2f out, ridden and every chance approaching final furlong, soon outpaced by winner, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Serva Jugum (8-8) at Kempton 1m 2yo stk (3) pol.
Cruikadyke 16-1 (9-0) Held up, progress on outer 2f out, 9th 1 1/2f out, no impression final furlong, 8th of 18, 3 1/2l behind Soul City (9-0) at Curragh 7f aut stk gs in Sept.
Mastery 15-2 (9-3) Made all, set steady pace, shaken up and soon clear over 1f out, comfortably, won at Nottingham 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft beating Kings Destiny (9-3) by 4 1/2l, 12 ran.
On Our Way 5-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 2f out, headed approaching 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Jukebox Jury (8-12) at Ascot 1m 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Sept.
Ra Junior (USA) 7-4fav (9-3) Always prominent, led approaching 3f out, hung left from over 2f out, ridden clear, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf beating Emirates Roadshow (9-3) by 5l, 11 ran.
Midnight Cruiser (IRE) 4-6fav (9-0) Raced keen, led after 1f, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 6l behind Secrecy (8-9) at Doncaster 7f 2yo stk (3) sft in Sept.
Moon Warrior 50-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 12th of 16, 36l behind Hollow Green (8-0) at Leicester 7f 2yo sll (6) hvy in Sept.