Outer Space was beaten five lengths despite finishing second in the Cornwallis at Ascot and Haikbidiac ran well but came up short in a Group 3 at Chantilly last time. Brave Vision was well beaten in pattern company at Kempton last month and the other Godolphin runner, Figure Of Speech, could only manage fourth in the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury. RUFFORD finished ahead of the latter when runner-up to Supplicant in the same race and a chance is taken that his much improved effort wasn't solely down to the soft ground. Richard Fahey's colt gets the vote with the likes of Online Alexander and Mushir untried at this level.
Blurred Vision 8-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden and went 2nd over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 14, 3/4l behind Bahamian Heights (9-4) at York 6f 2yo hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Brave Boy (IRE) 9-4fav (9-0) Raced wide chasing leading pair, ridden and lost 3rd 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 6l behind Brown Sugar (9-3) at Kempton 6f 2yo Grp 3 (1) pol in Sep.
Figure Of Speech (IRE) Evensfav (9-1) In touch, under pressure over 2f out, hard ridden approaching final furlong, not run on, 4th of 5, 9l behind Justice Day (9-4) at Salisbury 6f 2yo stks (2) hvy.
Haikbidiac (IRE) (8-11) 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind This Time (8-8) at Chantilly(FR) 5f 2yo Grp 3 sft in Sep.
Mushir 4-5fav (9-5) Slowly into stride, towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase leader inside final furlong, kept on to lead post, won at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Sep beating Speedfiend (9-5) by ns, 6 ran.
Mystique Rider 6-4fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, challenged 2f out, led over 1f out, pressed inside final furlong, ran on, won at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Sep beating Charles Molson (9-5) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
No Leaf Clover (IRE) 5-1fav (9-0) Dwelt, mid-division, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 15, hd behind Black Treacle (9-1) at Ayr 6f 2yo hcp (2) sft in Sep.
Northern Water 28-1 (9-0) Chased leaders on inside, pushed along halfway, weakened 2f out, last of 7, 8l behind Brown Sugar (9-3) at Kempton 6f 2yo Grp 3 (1) pol in Sep.
Outer Space 3-1fav (9-0) Mid-division, driven 2f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, stayed on to take narrow 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 5l behind Hot Streak (9-0) at Ascot 5f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gs.
Rufford (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Slight lead and set steady pace, pushed along and quickened over 2f out, joined 2f out, kept slight advantage until headed final 150 yards, not pace of winner, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Supplicant (9-1) at Newbury 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) sft in Sep.
Online Alexander (IRE) 15-8fav (9-0) Behind, headway on outer over 1f out, soon led, kept on strongly inside final furlong, won at Beverley 5f 2yo stks (5) gf in Aug beating Sleepy Sioux (9-0) by 4l, 7 ran.