Aidan O'Brien had seven engaged at the early stage and relies on Expedition and Sir John Hawkins. The former took a long time to warm to his task when successful at Limerick in May and will improve though the form hasn't worked out as well as expected. Sir John Hawkins made a successful start at the Curragh and though beaten twice subsequently both runs have been at Group 2 level and this represents a drop in grade. He'll be a threat but those who witnessed the performance of EXOGENESIS here three weeks ago won't want to miss him this time as he was an impressive winner from Friendship with the remainder well beaten. Home School and Simple Love have both shown themselves capable of going well at this level and make this an interesting contest.
Exogenesis (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Chased leader in 4th, ridden to close early straight and led 1f out, driven out and kept on well inside final furlong, won at Leopardstown 7f 2yo stk gf beating Friendship (9-3) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Expedition 11-4 (9-5) Soon niggled along in rear, progress from 2f out, 3rd 1f out, soon 2nd and challenged, led and stayed on best inside final furlong, won at Limerick 7f 2yo mdn in May beating Ruler Of France (9-5) by nk, 7 ran.
Gone Viral (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Prominent early, soon chased leader in 2nd, ridden 2f out, no extra in 3rd over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 7, 13l behind Wilshire Boulevard (9-0) at Navan 6f 2yo aut in Jun.
Home School 12-1 (9-3) Soon raced in 5th, no impression from over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 7, 4l behind Wilshire Boulevard (9-3) at Curragh 6f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gf.
Sir John Hawkins (USA) 9-4fav (8-12) In touch, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 1 1/4l behind Anjaal (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf.
Simple Love (USA) 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders on inner and 3rd entering straight, ridden and edged right under 2f out, soon went 2nd but no extra under pressure early final furlong and dropped to 5th, 5th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Wonderfully (9-0) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) gf.