FAMOUS NAME has won this for the past two years, both time at odds-on, and unless Native Khan can make major progress Dermot Weld's charge can complete the hat-trick. He had John Oxx' colt 7l behind in a similar contest at the Curragh at the beginning of the month and though the latter, a close fifth in last year's Epsom Derby, should improve for the run he's unlikely to turn the tables. Windsor Palace was just behind Native Khan at the Curragh and hardly appears likely to reverse the places. Defining Year can prove best of the remaining trio without threatening the selection.
Famous Name 4-7fav (9-12) Tracked leader, ridden to challenge and lead from over 1f out, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Curragh 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) sft beating Defining Year (9-9) by 4l, 5 ran.
Windsor Palace (IRE) 6-1 (9-12) Went left out of stalls, waited with, last into straight, no impression under pressure from over 2f out, moderate 4th and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 4th of 5, 7l behind Famous Name (9-12) at Curragh 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) sft.
Barack (IRE) 14-1 (9-12) Mid-division on outer, 9th halfway, some headway approaching straight, ridden in 5th over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Back Burner (9-0) at Leopardstown 1m 1f hcp sft.
Defining Year (IRE) 5-1 (9-9) Soon tracked leaders, 4th approaching straight, 5th 1f out, soon no impression under pressure and kept on same pace, 7th of 10, 11l behind Aklan (8-10) at Roscommon 1m 4f Listed stks (1) sft.
Native Khan (FR) 5-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd, keen hold, struggling from over 2f out, no extra under pressure and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Famous Name (9-12) at Curragh 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) sft.
Ballybacka Lady (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Led, joined 4f out, ridden to lead again entering straight, headed over 1f out and soon weakened, 6th of 8, 7l behind Emulous (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m flls Grp 1 (1) gd in Sep.