Dermot Weld has an excellent record in the race and has two entries with Pat Smullen's mount Ashraf, a son of Cape Cross out of a half-sister to Azamour, likely to be the best of them. David Wachman has a quartet of entries with Dawn Mirage the only one with experience. He was unfancied on his debut on testing ground here in May but showed plenty of speed and has been given time to mature. Sacrificial has come up against some smart opposition and was leading at this trip before fading behind Ol' Man River over a mile on this track. The Warrior started off well with a narrow defeat by Rapid Approach at Cork in April and the winner has been placed in Group company subsequently. Aidan O'Brien's colt will take some beating but may find PORTAGE too strong. Michael Halford's Teofilo colt missed the break on his debut here in July and was well behind at halfway but finished to such effect that he was only a neck behind East India at the line.
Amerikos (USA) 10-1 (9-5) Ran 4th, ridden entering straight, dropped to 6th 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 9, 13l behind Zafilani (9-5) at Tipperary 7f 2yo mdn gf in Aug.
Ashraf (IRE) Cape Cross colt out of Askeria.
Boris Bike (IRE) 9-2 (8-9) Slowly away and trailing in rear early, progress into 6th on inner when checked briefly over 2f out, soon ridden, went 4th on inner 1f out, kept on steadily without threatening final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 7, 1 1/4l behind Wee Monster (8-5) at Down Royal 7f 2yo clm gf.
Caution (IRE) Paco Boy colt out of Breeze Of July.
Crocodile Rock (IRE) Galileo colt out of Aleagueoftheirown.
Dawn Mirage 25-1 (9-5) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden in 2nd 2f out, no impression on winner final furlong, dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Intense Style (9-5) at Curragh 6f mdn stks hvy in May.
Dutch Artist (IRE) Dutch Art colt out of Baltic Princess.
Hurricane Cass (IRE) Hurricane Run colt out of Rahya Cass.
Lake Champlain (IRE) Manduro colt out of Fantasy Girl.
One Cool Poet (IRE) 66-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, in rear, moderate 8th 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 9, 13l behind Jamaica (9-5) at Galway 7f mdn stks gd in Jul.
Portage (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Dwelt and held up in 9th, pushed along halfway, 8th 2f out, soon ridden, went 4th 1f out, stayed on well to go 2nd close home, pressed winner to line, 2nd of 10, nk behind East India (9-5) at Curragh 7f 2yo mdn gf in Jul.
Rock Harbor (USA) Rockport Harbor colt out of Ashtabula.
Sacrificial (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and improved to dispute over 2f out, headed inside final furlong and kept on same pace, 5th of 18, 2 1/4l behind Ol' Man River (9-5) at Curragh 1m 2yo mdn in Aug.
Sakhees Jack Sakhee's Secret gelding out of Theatre Royal.
Sheeba Nayef gelding out of Hope Island.
The Warrior (IRE) 15-8 (9-5) Held up, improved on outer from halfway, soon prominent, led under 1f out, carried head to the right and headed inside final 100yds, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Rapid Applause (9-5) at Cork 6f 2yo mdn in Apr.
Against The Breeze (IRE) Duke Of Marmalade filly out of Exotic Mix.
Comes A Time (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride and always behind, never a factor, last of 16, 23l behind Together Forever (9-0) at Gowran Park 1m 2yo fll mdn gf.
La Superba (IRE) Medicean filly out of La Spezia.
Lucy (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, never a factor, no extra 2f out, 13th of 15, 24l behind Archangel Raphael (9-5) at Galway 1m 2yo mdn gd.
Ringside Humour (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Soon towards rear, a little short of room and jinked early, 12th halfway, last 2f out, no extra in moderate 12th 1f out, 12th of 13, 12l behind Shepherd's Purse (9-5) at Curragh 6f 2yo mdn gd in Aug.
Wonder Holy (IRE) Holy Roman Emperor colt out of Priceoflove.
Bark (IRE) Galileo filly out of Baraka.
Cartographic (USA) Henrythenavigator colt out of Good Student.