Famous Name made this race his own with a hat-trick before Aidan O'Brien won it last year with Declaration Of War when Bold Thady Quill was runner-up. The winner went on to land two Group 1 races so connections of KINGSBARNS will be hoping for more of the same. The 2012 Racing Post Trophy winner didn't reappear until the Irish Champion Stakes here in September when he lost his action and was virtually pulled up but ran a tremendous race behind Olympic Glory in the QE11 at Ascot the following month and hopes are high of a successful campaign this year. Pop Art will love the testing ground and has fitness on her side having already run well in a Group 3 at the Curragh while Light Heavy had his finest hour when landing the Derby Trial here in 2012 but didn't reappear last season following two moderate runs at Meydan early in the year. Qewy reappeared with a victory on soft ground last season and his two later runs were on fast going.
Bold Thady Quill (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Rear of mid-division, ridden and some progress into 11th 2f out, 7th 1f out, kept on without threatening final furlong, 4th of 21, 4 1/2l behind Stuccodor (9-9) at Curragh 1m Premier Handicap (4yo+) in Mar.
Kingsbarns (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, headway to 2nd over 2f out, every chance 2f out, ridden edged left and lost 2nd over 1f out, wandered under pressure inside final furlong, kept on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Olympic Glory (9-0) at Ascot 1m Grp 1 (1) sft in Oct.
Light Heavy (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) last of 7, 11l behind Await The Dawn (9-6) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 2f hcp gd in Feb '13.
Qewy (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Raced in 5th throughout, pushed along and no impression over 2f out, no extra, last of 5, 10l behind Maputo (9-0) at Curragh 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Nini Ok (IRE) 25-1 (9-8) Rear of mid-division, 12th halfway, ridden and some progress over 1f out, no extra and eased inside final furlong, 12th of 17, 16l behind Sophisticated Heir (8-11) at Leopardstown 7f in Mar.
Pop Art (IRE) 16-1 (9-11) In rear, ridden along in 10th 2f out, improved into 4th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Vote Often (8-9) at Curragh 1m flls Group 3 stks (1) in Mar.