Dermot Weld won this last year but the previous six had been won by Aidan O'Brien, who has two entries. LEADING LIGHT should prove the best of them and can take this as he could hardly have been more impressive on his reappearance at Tipperary and an entry in the King Edward VII Stakes suggests he's expected to go on to better things. Count Of Limonade is the other Ballydoyle runner but he'll need to improve from his victory in a Dundalk handicap so Struthan looks more of a threat. He steps up from the 7f he won over here earlier this month but looked a likely middle-distance performer and can only get better. Little White Cloud could hardly have been expected to beat much better rated rivals in the Derrinstown Derby Trial at Leopardstown but ran a fine race and wasn't beaten far so with further progress certain he should make his presence felt.
Count Of Limonade (IRE) 2-1 (9-10) Led and made most, headed briefly halfway, pushed along 2f out and kept on well under pressure final furlong, on top and going away closing stages, won at Dundalk 1m 3yo hcp pol in Apr beating Love And Cherish (8-11) by 2 1/2l, 4 ran.
Einsteins Folly (IRE) 3-1fav (9-1) Rear of mid-division, pushed along in 8th entering straight and no threat under 2f out, eased when beaten final furlong, 9th of 10, 19l behind Cash Or Casualty (8-13) at Naas 7f hcp 60-100 sft in Apr.
Fighter Squadron (USA) 12-1 (9-0) Chased leaders on outer, 4th 3f out, soon ridden, dropped to 6th 2f out, went moderate 4th 1f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Leading Light (9-0) at Navan 1m 2f 3yo stk.
Leading Light (IRE) 11-4 (9-0) Made all, ridden clear from 2f out, stayed on strongly final furlong, easily, won at Navan 1m 2f 3yo stk beating Dibayani (9-4) by 7l, 7 ran.
Little White Cloud (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Settled in rear, ridden into 3rd 1 1/2f out, no impression over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 4, 3l behind Battle Of Marengo (9-6) at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo Grp 2 (1).
Live Dangerously Zamindar gelding out of Desert Lynx.
Sruthan (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, headway between horses to lead over 1f out, driven out and stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Curragh 7f 3yo lst stk (1) gs beating Fortify (9-3) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.
Private Alexander (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Prominent, 2nd halfway, 3rd and ridden 2f out, 5th 1f out, no extra, 10th of 13, 10l behind Sky Lantern (9-0) at Curragh 7f 2yo fll Grp 1 (1) in Sep.