FAMOUS NAME won this in 2008 and 2010 and looks to have this in the bag, especially as one of his main rivals looks to be his stablemate Caponata. The selection is a wonderful advertisement for Dermot Weld's skills having won an incredible 20 of his 37 starts, including his first Group 2 when easily beating Born To Sea at the Curragh in August. He's impossible to oppose despite the strength of the opposition in which Chrysanthemum and Barack, who fought out the finish of a Listed event at Cork last week, should provide a test though the former was behind Caponata at the Curragh last month. Alla Speranza ran poorly at Gowran last time but that wasn't her true running and she's better judged on her earlier Group 3 success over this C&D.
Famous Name 2-5fav (9-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, 3rd and progress entering straight, 2nd and challenged from under 2f out, led early final furlong, kept on well, won at Curragh 1m Grp 3 (1) in Sep beating One Spirit (9-4) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Chrysanthemum (IRE) 2-1 (9-8) Tracked leader, on terms into straight, strongly pressed from over 1f out, drifted left inside final furlong, stayed on best, won at Cork 1m Listed stks (1) hvy beating Barack (9-6) by hd, 5 ran.
Barack (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, soon raced 4th of the 5, ridden into straight, progress 2f out, challenged and on terms from over 1f out, carried a little left and headed well inside final furlong, not quite match winner, 2nd of 5, hd behind Chrysanthemum (9-8) at Cork 1m Listed stks (1) hvy.
Alla Speranza 10-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, 5th 3f out, soon weakened, last of 10, 20l behind Aloof (9-0) at Gowran Park 1m 1f flls Group 3 stks (1) gd in Sep.
Caponata (USA) 11-8fav (9-0) Held up on outer, 7th 3f out, soon ridden and no impression, 8th of 10, 9l behind Aloof (9-0) at Gowran Park 1m 1f flls Group 3 stks (1) gd in Sep.
Macbeth (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Soon last of the 5, progress 2f out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from 1f out, last of 5, 3 1/2l behind Chrysanthemum (9-8) at Cork 1m Listed stks (1) hvy.
An Saincheann (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Prominent, keen hold, challenged from 2f out, soon every chance, kept on final furlong without getting there, 2nd of 10, hd behind Vedani (9-5) at Curragh 1m 2f mdn stks sft in Jun.
Colliding Worlds (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, ridden and no impression over 2f out, 6th 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 7, 8l behind Great Heavens (9-0) at Curragh 1m 4f 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) sft in Jul.
Demurely (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden 2f out, 3rd and no impression final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Midnight Soprano (9-7) at Curragh 1m 4f Listed stks (1) hvy.
Euphrasia (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Led and disputed, quickened clear 2f out, stayed on well from over 1f out, eased 100 yards from finish, won at Curragh 1m 1f fll mdn stks hvy beating Kalaroa (9-0) by 8l, 9 ran.