Pilsudski, trained at Newmarket by Michael Stoute, was sent off at 11- 1. The four-year-old defeated last year's winner, Germany, ridden by Frankie Dettori, by three parts of a length. Germany made the running until Pilsudski began to challenge Dettori's mount a furlong out and proved stronger in the final 100 yards. Pilsudski covered the mile and a half trip in course record-equalling time.
Swinburn said later: "It was a great effort. Pilsudski is clearly still improving and he can act on any ground."
Dettori said of Germany, who is now bound for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe: "He has done everything right but I think that he would have done better still on a easier surface."
Clive Brittain's Luso, who had been expected to be Britain's main contender for yesterday's prize was injured and withdrawn on veterinary advice. He was one of three non-runners, including John Reid's mount, Hollywood Dream.
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