Hit The Bid won this last year after finishing runner-up the year before but UK runners won the previous four renewals. The former had a spell in Dubai last winter and looked on the way back to form with a very good run at this level at Newbury last time. No two-year-old has won this but Dream Shot and Dr Simpson wouldn't be travelling from the UK without hope, though the former was four lengths behind Alligator Alley in the Listed Roses Stakes at York and Joseph O'Brien's colt looks best of the youngsters. Alfred Arcano has won seven times on the track and was conceding 9lb when narrowly beaten by Blue Uluru three weeks ago so should reverse the places but EL ASTRONAUTE has visited Ireland twice, winning a Cork Listed contest then following up in a major handicap at the Curragh. John Quinn's charge has been competing at a high level subsequently and can return to winning ways.
Alfredo Arcano (IRE) 4-1 (9-10) Pushed along briefly early, prominent, effort straight, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Blue Uluru (9-1) at Dundalk 5f pol in Sep.
Corinthia Knight (IRE) (9-4) won at Bro Park 1m lst stks gd in Sep beating Ambiance (9-4) by nk, 13 ran.
Hit The Bid 15-2 (9-1) Prominent, led 3f out, driven over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Maid In India (8-12) at Newbury 5f Grp 3 stks (1) gf in Sep.
Leodis Dream (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Made all, travelled well, pushed clear over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Chelmsford City 5f hcp (2) pol in Sep beating Rocket Action (8-12) by 1l, 5 ran.
Primo Uomo (IRE) 4-1 (9-6) Prominent between horses early, quickly lost position and in rear briefly, soon tracked leaders on inner, effort straight, impeded 1f out, kept on without threatening inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Blue Uluru (9-1) at Dundalk 5f pol in Sep.
Blue Uluru (IRE) 5-4fav (9-1) Soon led, pressed and edged left 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, won at Dundalk 5f pol in Sep beating Primo Uomo (9-6) by 1l, 8 ran.
Deia Glory 25-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden over 1f out, no impresion, 12th of 16, 7 1/4l behind Lady In France (8-12) at Ayr 5f lst fll stks (1) gd in Sep.
Lethal Promise (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, close 7th halfway, ridden and no extra 1 1/2f out, 15th of 17, 12 1/4l behind Servalan (9-0) at Naas 6f lst fll stks (1) gd in Jul.
Rapid Reaction (IRE) 25-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, 8th before halfway, soon headway and effort, no impression from over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 15th of 20, 12 3/4l behind Make A Challenge (9-8) at Curragh 5f hcp sft in Sep.
Dream Shot (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Held up, headway over 1f out, soon pushed along, edged left inside final furlong, ridden and ran on well to snatch 2nd post, 2nd of 7, 1l behind A'ali (9-1) at Doncaster 5f Grp 2 stks (1) gf in Sep.
Dr Simpson (FR) 10-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Piece of Paradise (8-12) at Ayr 5f lst stks (1) gd in Sep.
Ickworth (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Always towards rear, 11th of 12, 5 1/2l behind Good Vibes (8-12) at Newmarket 5f Grp 3 stks (1) gs in Oct.
Julia's Magic (IRE) 28-1 (9-2) In touch in far side group, under pressure halfway, lost place and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 8 3/4l behind Nitro Boost (9-0) at Tipperary 5f lst stks (1) gd in Aug.
El Astronaute (IRE) (9-10) 3rd of 16, 3 1/4l behind Glass Slippers (9-7) at ParisLongchamp 5f Grp 1 sft in Oct.
Alligator Alley Evensfav (9-1) Held up in touch, ridden and weakened 1f out, 6th of 7, 5l behind A'ali (9-1) at Doncaster 5f Grp 2 stks (1) gf in Sep.
Jungle Jane (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) A little keen, soon chased leaders, effort straight, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Blue Uluru (9-1) at Dundalk 5f pol in Sep.