Six of the nine entries are trained in the UK and it will be a surprise if one of them doesn't go home with the spoils. Tiddliwinks is heavily penalised after landing a Group 2 at York and a Group 3 here last month. Both were over 6f but he has the pace for this and will be difficult to beat. Definightly has been going well and will love the ground though he was behind ETON RIFLES in France last November. The latter is also engaged at Newcastle today but Stuart Williams' charge, who came off worst in a barging match at Salisbury last time, gets the vote if taking his chance. Judge 'n Jury rarely steps out of handicap company these days but Mirza won a Listed contest on heavy ground at Cork last time when Santo Padre was fourth and deserves her elevation into Group class. Empowering ran a shocker on her reappearance at Leopardstown and was well beaten on her only previous start over the minimum trip.
Tiddliwinks 8-1 (10-0) Reared leaving stalls and towards rear, headway on outer into 6th 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on best under pressure, won at Curragh 6f Grp 3 (1) gd in May beating Jimmy Styles (9-9) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Definightly 9-2 (9-4) Led, ridden and narrowly headed 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 9, 1/2l behind Libranno (9-4) at Salisbury 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Eton Rifles (IRE) 11-2 (9-8) Chased leaders, not clear run on rails and switched left over 1f out, badly bumped and lost all momentum 1f out, switched left and rallied well towards finish, not recover, 4th of 9, 3/4l behind Libranno (9-4) at Salisbury 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Judge 'n Jury 10-1 (9-8) With leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran inside final furlong, just held on, all out, won at York 5f hcp 0-95 (3) sft beating Hazelrigg (9-3) by shd, 17 ran.
Mirza 2-1fav (9-7) Pushed along to chase leaders early and soon disputing 2nd, ridden 2f out, stayed on well final furlong to lead near line, won at Cork 5f Listed stks (1) sft beating My Girl Anna (9-4) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Santo Padre (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) In touch in rear, ridden 2f out, some progress without threatening to go 4th final furlong, 4th of 8, 1 1/2l behind Mirza (9-7) at Cork 5f Listed stks (1) sft.
Empowering (IRE) 11-2 (9-6) Chased leaders in 5th, ridden 3f out, soon no impression, eased final furlong, last of 6, 17l behind Alanza (9-9) at Leopardstown 7f Grp 3 (1) sft.
Katla (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Held up in 7th, ridden 3f out, no impression straight, 7th of 9, 6l behind Fire Lily (9-2) at Leopardstown 6f flls Group 3 stks (1) sft.