Hors de Combat was a little slowly away, in his usual stalls break, and was held up by Oisin in the last three of the field. He never really found his mood or rhythm until after half way and was then ridden from the two pole. Hors de Combat then kicked in his hallmark surge of speed, to make rapid headway from one and half out to the half furlong post. Putting himself three lengths clear of the remainder of his rivals he was just not able to reach the leading four in time, and closed on them as the line arrived to be beaten just over two lengths. After his break from the Meydan return and with the first application of cheekpieces, it was pleasing to see him retain his turn of foot on suitable ground. With more pace in the race he would have fared better still, and next time a stiff mile and a real gallop will hopefully see him back to his best.