FAMOUS NAME has won this for the past two years and can make it a hat-trick. Dermot Weld's charge is much better than Listed level and won two Group 3's and was placed twice at the highest level after last year's success. He'll be ready for this but will need to be as those who witnessed the Irish Lincolnshire victory of Sharestan will be well awate that he's ready to step into pattern race company. He'll definitely find any fitness flaws in the selection and looks a major threat. Hujaylea had ben in action at Meydan before a fair run in the Lincolnshire and has a bit to find with the winner. Elusive Ridge again ran well in a strong handicap at Dundalk on Friday and could snatch a place while in such good heart.
Famous Name 8-1 (8-13) 4th of 11, 4l behind Byword (8-13) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 2f Grp 2 (1) gd in Oct.
Barack (IRE) 14-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, ridden entering straight, soon no impression, 7th of 18, 6l behind Below Zero (9-2) at Leopardstown 7f hcp gd in Sep.
Ask Jack (USA) 10-1 (9-4) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 12th of 16, 6l behind Rock Critic (8-13) at Galway 7f hcp gd in Jul.
Elusive Ridge (IRE) 11-4 (9-12) Led or disputed lead, strongly pressed and headed early final furlong, no extra, 4th of 6, 1 1/2l behind Moran Gra (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 4yo stk pol in Mar.
Hujaylea (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Waited with, ridden to chase leaders and no impression from over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 18, 8l behind Sharestan (9-4) at Curragh 1m Extended Handicap (4yo+) in Mar.
Northern Rocked (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Soon chased leaders and taken wide, struggling halfway, soon no impression, 16th of 18, 38l behind Sharestan (9-4) at Curragh 1m Extended Handicap (4yo+) in Mar.
Northgate (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) Mid-division, 5th halfway, ridden in 7th 2f out, no impression in 6th 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 9, 3l behind Celebrity Sevi (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f Listed stks (1) pol in Nov.
Sharestan (IRE) 3-1fav (9-4) Chased leaders, progress into 2nd over 1f out, led and stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Curragh 1m Extended Handicap (4yo+) in Mar beating Ansaab (8-4) by 2 3/4l, 18 ran.
Duchess Of Foxland (IRE) 7-2 (9-8) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden along under 2f out, no extra final furlong, 3rd of 4, 4 1/2l behind Marvada (10-0) at Dundalk 1m fll stk pol.
Hurricane Havoc (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) 13th of 14, 34l behind Bronze Cannon (8-11) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 2f hcp in Mar.
Spirit Of Cuba (IRE) 12-1 (8-6) Never a factor, 10th of 14, 10l behind Jackaroo (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Aug.