An Saighdiur won this in 2012 but finished mid-division a year ago when BURN THE BOATS beat an even bigger field than this. Ger Lyons' lightly-raced charge had a run at Ascot in May over a trip too far on softer going than he likes and that will have put him straight for a repeat performance. Alkasser makes his handicap debut from a mark of 106 but he earned that rating by landing a Listed contest here last month so has an obvious chance of completing a hat-trick. Shipyard had his first ever start on quick going at Navan a fortnight ago and showed that it suited with a battling success though a 6lb rise makes this more difficult. Srucahan had some strong form earlier in the season but would need some rain unlike Earth Drummer, whose comfortable victory at Limerick came on very fast ground. The filly Fly To The Moon looks a threat as she wasn't beaten far by Due Diligence at Naas and that winner ran very well at Royal Ascot.
An Saighdiur (IRE) 8-1 (9-12) Pushed along and soon disputed lead, ridden and headed over 1f out, no impression and short of room inside final furlong, no extra, last of 8, 5l behind Timeless Call (9-7) at Cork 5f Listed stks (1) gf.
Alben Star (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Raced near side, chased leaders, led 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, no impression on winner, lost 2 places towards finish, 4th of 28, 2 1/2l behind Baccarat (9-2) at Royal Ascot 6f hcp 0-110 (2) gf.
Gathering Power (IRE) 9-2 (9-8) Chased clear leader, 5th halfway, ridden in 6th 1f out, no impression inside final furlong and kept on one pace, 6th of 8, 6l behind Majestic Queen (9-8) at Leopardstown 6f flls Group 3 stks (1) gd.
Alkasser (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Mid-division, progress into 4th 2f out, 2nd 1 1/2f out, ridden to press leader inside final furlong and led close home, won at Curragh 7f 3yo lst stk (1) gf in May beating Focus On Venice (9-3) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Barkston Ash 11-2 (9-11) Led stands' side trio, prominent, ridden over 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, held by far side towards finish, 3rd of 13, 2l behind Bear Behind (9-5) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in May.
Yulong Baoju (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Chased leaders early, soon held up, ridden in 8th 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 7th of 9, 7l behind My Good Brother (9-4) at Tipperary 5f hcp gf.
Arctic (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden in 3rd on far side 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, 4th of 20, 3 1/2l behind Great Minds (9-4) at Curragh 6f hcp hvy in May.
Burn The Boats (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Mid-division stands side, weakened 1f out, 20th of 25, 20l behind Gabriel's Lad (9-8) at Ascot 7f hcp (4yo+) (2) gs in May.
Harry Trotter (IRE) 11-1 (9-7) Chased leaders on rail, ridden in 5th 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 4th of 9, 6l behind My Good Brother (9-4) at Tipperary 5f hcp gf.
Yeeoow (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Golden Steps (8-10) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Greek Canyon (IRE) 4-1 (9-9) Ran 4th, ridden to challenge 1 1/2f out, slightly hampered 1f out, no impression and kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Shipyard (9-3) at Navan 6f hcp 60-95 gf.
Intensical (IRE) 2-1fav (9-4) Pushed up to soon dispute lead, pushed along from early straight, headed 2f out, dropped to last over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, last of 5, 4 1/2l behind Slipper Orchid (9-9) at Fairyhouse 7f stks gf.
Seanie (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, progress to lead 1f out, ridden and headed 100 yards out, no impression on winner, 2nd of 13, 2 1/4l behind More Questions (8-8) at Navan 5f hcp gd in May.
Srucahan (IRE) 13-2 (9-9) Held up in rear, ridden from 2f out, soon no impression, never a factor, 13th of 20, 13l behind Great Minds (9-4) at Curragh 6f hcp hvy in May.
Discussiontofollow (IRE) 9-2fav (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, 3rd of 16, 1l behind Huntsmans Close (9-0) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Apr.
Shipyard (USA) 3-1fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden to challenge 1 1/2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, led close home, won at Navan 6f hcp 60-95 gf beating More Questions (9-6) by hd, 11 ran.
Earth Drummer (IRE) 4-1 (9-11) Held up in 4th, ridden in 5th over 2f out, no headway final furlong and eased inside last 50 yards, 6th of 9, 3l behind Toccata Blue (9-3) at Gowran Park 7f hcp gf.
Fly To The Moon (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Prominent on outer, 2nd 2f out and soon ridden, no impression final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Due Diligence (9-7) at Naas 6f 3yo hcp in May.
Zalty (FR) 9-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out and soon short of room, every chance from a furlong out and kept on same pace closing stages, 4th of 15, 2 3/4l behind Machete Mark (9-7) at Naas 7f hcp.
Dashwood 11-2 (8-10) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden 2f out, 2nd and no impression on winner over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1l behind My Good Brother (9-4) at Tipperary 5f hcp gf.
Line Of Reason (IRE) 4-1 (9-9) Pulled hard in midfield, switched left and headway over 1f out, soon led, held on well, won at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Disclosure (8-5) by nk, 9 ran.
Twenty One Choice (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Mid-division, switched left 2f out, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 7th of 13, 7l behind Clockmaker (9-11) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Antiquus (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Led, challenged 2f out and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, no extra final 100 yards, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Shipyard (9-3) at Navan 6f hcp 60-95 gf.
Arbitrageur (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Unseated rider leaving stalls, in a race won by Shipyard (9-3) at Navan 6f hcp 60-95 gf, 11 ran.
Grey Danube (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Slipper Orchid (9-2) at Dundalk 7f hcp pol in Mar.