AUSTRALIA has some big autumn targets and Aidan O'Brien has confided that his new stable star will probably be a bit heavier than ideal for his reappearance following a summer break. The drop back in distance may not be ideal either but a strong pace in this looks guaranteed, despite the small field, and the dual Derby winner looks the one to beat. However, Mukhadram was given a brilliant tactical ride by Paul Hanagan to land the Coral-Eclipse and then ran a blinder over a trip too far when third in the King George, a short-head behind Telescope. He's a genuine Group 1 performer over 1m2f, though so is The Grey Gatsby who beat Arod in the Dante here in May and followed up in the French Derby at Chantilly. Kingfisher is reportedly running on his own merits but was easily brushed aside by his classier stablemate at the Curragh.
Mukhadram 12-1 (9-7) Raced keenly, tracked clear leader, closed over 3f out, led inside final 3f, ridden and pressed from 2f out, narrowly headed 1f out and every chance until winner quickened on by inside final furlong but kept on battling for 2nd, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Taghrooda (8-6) at Ascot 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) gd in Jul.
Telescope (IRE) 5-2fav (9-7) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd over 2f out, challnged 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led narrowly 1f out, headed and outpaced by winner inside final furlong, kept on battling to hold 2nd, 2nd of 8, 3l behind Taghrooda (8-6) at Ascot 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) gd in Jul.
Arod (IRE) 2-9fav (9-3) Travelled strongly in 2nd, led over 1f out, soon clear, very easily, won at Leicester 1m 2f con stks (3) gf in Jul beating Spark Plug (9-3) by 9l, 3 ran.
Australia 1-8fav (9-0) Raced in moderate 3rd, closer order straight travelling smoothly, led from under 1f out, soon asserted, easily, won at Curragh 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun beating Kingfisher (9-0) by 2 1/2l, 5 ran.
Kingfisher (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Led, pressed straight, joined from under 2f out, headed from under 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Australia (9-0) at Curragh 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
The Grey Gatsby (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) 6th of 11, 11l behind Gallante (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) sft in Jul.