Caledonia Lady seems to respond to better opposition and her third in last week's Flying Childers was another cracking effort. She would be hard to beat in this lower grade if it could be guaranteed she'd run up to that form but Jo Hughes' filly has now had six runs without managing to get her head in front. PONTY ACCLAIM is much more reliable and it's Tim Easterby's charge that gets the vote here. She comfortably got the better of Kool Henry and Signifer in a conditions race at Ripon last month and meets that pair on more favourable terms in this. Paul Hanagan has deserted Alejandro, which suggests he may find this company too hot, but Hexagonal has decent form over this trip in Ireland and should be a factor.
Alejandro (IRE) 25-1 (8-6) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra, 11th of 21, 4 1/2l behind Reply (9-2) at Doncaster 6f 2yo aut (2) gd.
Hexagonal (IRE) 2-1fav (9-3) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway in 3rd 2f out, ridden in 4th 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 12, 1l behind Bogini (8-12) at Down Royal 5f 2yo mdn gd.
Kool Henry (IRE) 3-1 (9-4) Led, driven over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression with winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Ponty Acclaim (9-1) at Ripon 5f 2yo stks (3) gs in Aug.
Powerful Wind (IRE) 9-1 (9-7) Made all, ridden over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, held on closing stages, won at Warwick 5f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug beating Musical Valley (8-12) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Signifer (IRE) 15-2 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, ran on, never able to challenge, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Bubbly Ballerina (9-0) at Chester 5f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Son Du Silence (IRE) 2-1fav (8-9) Close up, not much room against stands side rail over 2f out, soon went 2nd, ridden over 1f out, unable to challenge winner, 2nd of 4, 1l behind Royal Award (9-1) at Ffos Las 5f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Stepper Point 14-1 (9-6) Prominent, led over 2f out, ridden clear entering final furlong, ran on strongly, won at Warwick 5f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug beating Baltic Fizz (8-13) by 5l, 14 ran.
Caledonia Lady 20-1 (8-11) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 10, 3/4l behind Requinto (9-0) at Doncaster 5f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd.
Ponty Acclaim (IRE) 2-1fav (9-1) Traceked leaders, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, clear when edged left inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Ripon 5f 2yo stks (3) gs in Aug beating Kool Henry (9-4) by 4l, 6 ran.