Jim Bolger has a tremendous record in this having won it five times in recent years so the fact that Alpinist hasn't run since finishing tailed off in a Group 3 at Leopardstown last April shouldn't be held against him. However, he's likely to find TIMIYAN very difficult to beat after his victory at Galway despite being hit with an astonishing 16lb rise in the weights. Dermot Weld's charge had been racing over much shorter trips in maiden and really came into his own over this distance at the Festival so can defy the extra and score again. Primogeniture started favourite that day after scoring at Fairyhouse but had no answer though is massively better off at the weights. Stocktons Wing will enjoy the conditions but is better over further while Ebadani finally lost his maiden tag in very easy fashion at Killarney where he started long odds-on in what was a very poor contest.
Lucky Bridle 25-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden on outer 3f out, soon weakened quickly, last of 18, 21l behind Vastonea (8-5) at Galway 1m hcp gd in Jul.
Cardinal Palace (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Raced mainly in 5th, 6th 4f out, ridden under 2f out and challenged in 2nd 1f out, no extra close home and dropped to 4th on line, 4th of 8, 1 1/4l behind El Salvador (11-0) at Killarney 1m 6f am stks (4yo+) gd in Jul.
Egyptian Warrior (IRE) 8-1 (8-4) Held up towards rear, ridden 3f out, no impression 2f out, stayed on into 8th 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 11, 11l behind Artful Artist (7-11) at Galway 1m 4f hcp gd.
Alpinist 4-1 (9-3) Led after 2f, pushed along and disputed 3f out, ridden and no extra 2f out, eased from 1f out, last of 5, 27l behind Battle Of Marengo (9-8) at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo Grp 3 (1) sft in Apr '13.
Stocktons Wing (IRE) 7-2 (9-12) Held up in 3rd, 4th 4f out, pushed along over 2f out, progress to 2nd 1f out, ridden and kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 1 3/4l behind Cassells Rock (9-0) at Leopardstown 2m hcp.
Timiyan (USA) 3-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, 2nd over 2f out, led into straight, soon edged right to rail, stayed on well to assert inside final furlong, won at Galway 1m 4f 3yo hcp 60-90 gd in Jul beating Resiliency (9-8) by 5l, 8 ran.
Ebadani (IRE) 1-3fav (9-4) Made all, pushed along and went well clear over 2f out, stayed on strongly final furlong, eased close home, easily, won at Killarney 1m 3f mdn stks gd in Jul beating Tobair An Sheeda (9-2) by 6l, 8 ran.
Primogeniture (IRE) 5-2fav (9-12) Soon tracked leaders, pushed along briefly over 4f out, moderate 4th over 2f out, soon 3rd and no impression, one pace, 3rd of 8, 12l behind Timiyan (9-4) at Galway 1m 4f 3yo hcp 60-90 gd in Jul.