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2,000 Guineas Trial, but after a slow start from a poor draw was beaten a length and the same by his compatriot Nebbiolo and Tachypous in the Two Thousand Guineas.
Desert Prince, who was four lengths behind Courteous, went on to win last Saturday's Irish Two Thousand Guineas by three lengths.
Tompkins said: "This augurs well for my Musical Pursuit in the Two Thousand Guineas at Newmarket.
CUPID'S GLORY landed a substantial gamble in the Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury yesterday, earning a 33-1 quote for next season's Two Thousand Guineas.
He was a retired jockey who won the Two Thousand Guineas, but ended his career after breaking almost every bone in his body at Beecher's Brook in the 1926 Grand National.
Invariably run on glue-like ground, it falls almost certainly too late for those horses who have started the season ploughing the Classic furrow that opened this year with the Two Thousand Guineas on May 1 and had the Oaks 35 days later.
Two thousand Guineas Day is upon us and regular readers will know I'm already on Love Regardless at big prices.
Down at Lambourn, Dick Hern houses the unbeaten Alhaarth who is odds on for the Two Thousand Guineas.
Two Thousand Guineas hope Killer Instinct, who has not raced since his much-hyped debut at Ascot in July, was the first to enjoy a lung-opener as he led the string up the Polytrack.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien confirmed yesterday that Michael Tabor's colt, winner of the Irish Two Thousand Guineas and Budweiser Irish Derby is an intended runner in the big race although he will not make a final decision until tomorrow or Thursday.
Runner-up to Pennekamp in last year's Two Thousand Guineas and winner of the French Derby, Celtic Swing was sidelined after a below-par run in the Irish equivalent when sustaining an injury behind his off-fore knee.
Defeat will not be the end of the world for any of them but this is Future Champions Day and the Dewhurst winner will go into winter quarters as uncrowned king of the Two Thousand Guineas.