John Gosden has won this twice in recent years and SACRED ACT can keep up the sequence. Relatively unfancied for a strong-looking Nottingham maiden on soft ground, he came from well off the pace and won very nicely despite running green. The Hannon team have also landed the prize twice and are doubly represented. Richard Hughes returns after injury to partner Art Official, who wasn't perturbed by soft ground on his debut last season, while Ryan Moore is on board the unbeaten Cricklewood Green, who has yet to encounter ground with give but stayed on strongly to score on good going at Newbury in August. First Flight looked a smart prospect on his debut at Newbury but didn't handle the step up to Group 3 company at York, though the ground was very fast. End of Line produced a shock when storming clear in soft ground at Doncaster in October and, though the form hasn't worked out, he could do no more than win easily.
Sacred Act 10-1 (9-5) Ran green in last pair, switched and green over 2f out, headway and shaken up approaching final furlong, pushed along and strong run to lead final 75 yards, won going away, won at Nottingham 1m 3yo mdn (5) sft beating Fast Delivery (9-5) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
First Flight (IRE) 3-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, took keen hold, held up in last pair, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 4l behind Treaty Of Paris (9-0) at York 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Aug.
End of Line 25-1 (9-5) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 2f out to chase leaders, led over 1f out, ran on strongly to draw clear, won at Doncaster 7f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct beating Yagheer (9-5) by 6l, 14 ran.
Almargo (IRE) 10-1 (8-5) Took keen hold, prominent, led over 3f out, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 12, 6l behind Bilimbi (8-0) at Musselburgh 1m 3yo hcp (2) gf.
Art Official (IRE) 9-4fav (9-7) Steadied start, close up in last place, went 3rd 5f out, ridden and every chance when edged left over 1f out, kept on one pace, last of 4, 2l behind Latenightrequest (8-7) at Haydock 1m 2yo hcp (2) sft in Oct.
What About Carlo (FR) 7-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden to press leader 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 5, 3l behind Pinzolo (9-2) at Newbury 1m 2yo stks (2) sft in Sep.
Cricklewood Green (USA) 2-1 (9-2) Led 1f, remained prominent, led again over 2f out, headed over 1f out, rallied and edged right inside final furlong, stayed on strongly to lead post, won at Newbury 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug beating Nezar (9-1) by ns, 9 ran.
Street Force (USA) 8-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, never a threat, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Juan Alonso (9-0) at Epsom Downs 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.