Aidan O'Brien has won this for the past two years and as three-year-olds appear to hold all the aces he can make it a hat-trick via STEINBECK, who returns after an unsuccessful run on dirt in the USA. Beaten but not disgraced behind Canford Cliffs in the Guineas at Newmarket and the Curragh earlier, his second to Famous Name at Leopardstown showed he retains his ability and this is his easiest task since his debut success at Naas. Wade Giles upset a Ballydoyle hot-pot in Fencing Master at Naas last month and it would be no great surprise to see him do so again as he is a rapidly-improving type who deserves his crack at this higher level. Shintoh found Precious Gem just too strong over 1m2f at the Curragh but is well up to this standard and may be better suited by this trip. Finicius may do best of the older brigade though he's held by Steinbeck on their run behind Famous Name.
Ask Jack (USA) 3-1fav (9-10) Chased leader in 2nd, improved to lead 2f out, ridden entering straight, challenged inside final furlong, headed last 100 yards, kept on, no extra close home, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Toufan Express (8-11) at Galway 7f hcap gf in Jul.
Finicius (USA) 6-1 (9-13) Held up towards rear, 8th on outer entering straight, headway under 2f out, 3rd 1f out, led under 100 yards from finish, ran on well, won at Leopardstown 7f hcap gd beating Dotada (8-8) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Fourpenny Lane 25-1 (9-9) Mid-division, headway into 6th 2f out, ridden into 4th 1f out, stayed on final furlong into 2nd, pressed winner close home, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind Duchess Of Foxland (8-12) at Gowran Park 1m 1f fll lst stks (1) gf.
Worldly Wise 14-1 (9-7) Mid-division, 9th halfway, progress to chase leaders but no impression from before straight, kept on well without threatening, 3rd of 18, 5l behind Ask Jack (8-11) at Galway 1m hcap gd in Jul.
Always Be True (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Towards rear, some progress straight, moderate 7th and kept on final furlong, 7th of 13, 8l behind Hen Night (8-12) at Cork 1m Listed stks (1) gd.
Harriers Call (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway on outer 1 1/2f out, ridden into 12th 1f out, kept on final furlong, 5th of 17, 7l behind Latin Love (9-10) at Curragh 1m 1f fll lst stks (1) gd in Jul.
Scarlet O'Hara (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Rear of mid-division throughout, never a factor, 13th of 15, 30l behind Duchess Of Foxland (8-12) at Gowran Park 1m 1f fll lst stks (1) gf.
Shintoh (USA) 4-1 (8-10) Chased leaders in 3rd, pushed along to close from before straight, 2nd from 2f out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Precious Gem (9-4) at Curragh 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Steinbeck (IRE) 10-1 (8-3) Bmpd start,inside trns, 6th of 9, 9l behind A Little Warm (8-3) at Saratoga(USA) 1m 1f 2yo Grp 2 fm in Jul.
Wade Giles (IRE) 7-2 (9-6) Took keen hold early in close 2nd, settled in 2nd halfway, ridden to lead over 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Naas 1m stks gd in Jul beating Fencing Master (9-6) by 3l, 5 ran.