It's a bit of surprise that Aidan O'Brien hasn't trained the winner of this in 10 years but he makes a concerted effort this time with four runners. Great White Eagle was no match for Astaire in the Middle Park at Newmarket when last at the track and carries a penalty for his earlier Group 3 victory over 6f here. Joseph O'Brien rides MICHAELMAS, a runner-up at Leopardstown in October when Shining Emerald finished third. The former may prove good enough in this ahead of stablemates Fountain Of Youth and The Islander. Focus On Venice is a leading contender having beaten Gold Peregrine at Cork last month and Alkasser steps up in class after landing his maiden by six lengths at the same track. Magnolia Beach finished ahead of Quadrivium in a Listed race at Dundalk recently and San Siro Listed winner Maremmadiavola is interesting making her debut for Ed Lynam.
Great White Eagle (USA) 2-1fav (9-0) Steadied start held up, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 8th of 10, 7l behind Astaire (9-0) at Newmarket 6f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gs in Oct.
Alkasser (IRE) 5-2 (9-5) Soon disputed lead, definite leader 1 1/2f out, stayed on strongly to assert inside final furlong, easily, won at Cork 6f mdn stks in Apr beating Champagne Or Water (9-0) by 6l, 11 ran.
Focus On Venice (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Towards rear, pushed along from halfway, strong run to lead 1 1/2f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Cork 6f 3yo hcp in Apr beating Gold Peregrine (9-8) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Fountain Of Youth (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Raced far side, close up, ridden and hung left to stand side group over 1f out, led overall inside final fulong, soon headed, ran on, 4th of 24, 3/4l behind Extortionist (9-3) at Royal Ascot 5f Listed stks 2yo (1) gd in Jun.
Gold Peregrine 7-4fav (9-8) Towards rear, pushed along from halfway, last 2f out, 6th over 1f out, stayed on well to go 2nd late without threatening winner, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Focus On Venice (9-7) at Cork 6f 3yo hcp in Apr.
Intensical (IRE) 12-1 (8-6) Soon tracked leaders, 3rd early straight, challenged and on terms under 2f out, led 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Naas 7f hcp 60-100 in Apr beating Lean And Keen (8-4) by 2l, 14 ran.
Magnolia Beach (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden 2f out, edged left under pressure briefly over 1f out, kept on same pace in 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Prince Of All (9-3) at Dundalk 7f 3yo Listed stks (1) pol in Apr.
Michaelmas (USA) 3-1 (9-3) Broke well and settled back into 4th, pushed along in 3rd early straight and no impression on winner 1f out, kept on under pressure to go 2nd near line, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Craftsman (9-3) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) sft in Oct.
Quadrivium (USA) 7-2 (9-3) Held up in rear, ridden entering straight, switched to outer 2f out, moderate 8th 1f out, kept on without threatening final furlong, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Prince Of All (9-3) at Dundalk 7f 3yo Listed stks (1) pol in Apr.
Shining Emerald 5-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders and 3rd halfway, ridden early straight and went 2nd 1 1/2f out, under pressure and kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Go For Goal (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 3yo lst stk (1) in Mar.
The Islander (IRE) 5-2fav (9-5) Led early, soon tracked leader in 2nd, travelling smoothly straight, led again from 2f out, clear from over 1f out, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Cork 7f 3yo mdn in Apr beating Dark Alliance (9-5) by 2l, 14 ran.
Maremmadiavola (IRE) (8-11) 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Quiz Evolution (8-11) at San Siro(ITY) 6f 2yo lst stk (1) gs in Sep.