Dermot Weld has won this a couple of times in recent years so Lake District, who is out of a Listed winner, should be respected. ALPINIST looked to be a bit of a handful on his debut at Leopardstown in August and never got going until much too late. He's a half-brother to eight winners including the brilliant pair Alborada and Albanova and entries in the 2000 Guineas and Derby here suggest he's well regarded. He's handed the vote though Piet Mondrian, who is out of the high-class mare Last Second and closely related to French 2000 Guineas winner Aussie Rules, is an obvious threat after a pipe-opener at Leopardstown in October.
Alpinist 9-4 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden into 6th 2f out, no impression in 7th over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 12, 10l behind Galileo Rock (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 2yo mdn gs in Aug.
Chelsea Hotel (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Niggled along from early, always towards rear, 7th of 8 Loch Garman (9-5) at Navan 1m 2yo mdn hvy in Oct.
Lake District Raven's Pass colt out of Vista Bella.
Longshadow 16-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden and no extra 3f out, 9th of 12, 17l behind Galileo Rock (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 2yo mdn gs in Aug.
Piet Mondrian 5-2 (9-5) Soon mid-division, ridden into moderate 4th and no impression from under 2f out, kept on without threatening, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Zand (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m mdn stks sft in Oct.
Shutter Island (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Chased leaders in 7th, 8th early straight, kept on same pace, 8th of 12, 13l behind Foundry (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f mdn stks sft in Nov.
Silver Lightening (IRE) Verglas gelding out of Church Road.
Herecomesthewolf (IRE) Amadeus Wolf filly out of Bobbie Grey.
Indy Gal (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Mid-division, 10th halfway, weakened quickly entering straight, eased, 16th of 18, 27l behind Bunairgead (8-11) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo fll mdn sft in Nov.
Times In Anatefka (IRE) Pyrus filly out of Brooklands Time.