Aidan O'Brien had no less than twelve entered at the five-day stage and relies on KINGDOM. The son of Montjeu made a fair start on heavy going at Galway last month and was fancied to take a Gowran maiden a couple of weeks later but didn't run as well as expected on the quicker ground. Conditions should suit here and he's handed the vote though Dermot Weld has set his stall out with three entries. Pat Smullen rides the experienced Cool Metallic so he's likely to be the stable pick though he was disappointing when attempting to make all for the first time at Galway and more restraining tactics will probably be employed. Jim Bolger was well represented at the early stage and Sophisticated Heir is certain to have come on for his introduction at Dundalk last month.
Cool Metallic (IRE) 11-4fav (8-13) Led, headed after 2f, ridden in 3rd 2f out, 4th entering straight, no extra over 1f out, last of 6, 25l behind Cest Notre Gris (8-10) at Galway 7f 2yo hcp sft in Aug.
Kingdom (IRE) 5-2 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden in 2nd entering straight, under pressure in moderate 4th when short of room briefly 1f out, no impression, 5th of 16, 11l behind Trading Leather (9-5) at Gowran Park 1m 2yo mdn gd in Sep.
Lucky Kitten (USA) 9-1 (9-3) Held up in 5th, ridden and no extra 2f out, last of 6, 10l behind Sir Walter Scott (9-3) at Dundalk 7f 2yo stks pol in Sep.
Rock N Rover (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) 5th early, towards rear and no impression straight, 7th of 8, 19l behind Kingsbarns (9-5) at Navan 1m 2yo mdn.
Sophisticated Heir (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Mid-division, no impression from 3f out, 9th of 13, 11l behind Fighter Squadron (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 2yo mdn stks pol in Sep.
Tale Of Fame (ITY) 25-1 (9-8) Chased leaders early, soon held up and towards rear halfway, some headway under 2f out, ridden in 8th 1f out, no impression, 8th of 13, 11l behind Fromajacktoaking (9-0) at Down Royal 7f 2yo clm in Sep.
Pay Day Kitten (USA) Kitten's Joy filly out of Annual Dues.