Pocotaligo was claimed after a close second behind Merricourt here a fortnight ago when Silk Air wasn't far behind in third and Zaamar a further four lengths back in fourth with Red Vermillion and Upwey further behind. The winner is trained by Ger Lyons, who has MARMOLATA (NAP) engaged here. She's shown real potential in both starts without being punished and is probably better than this grade. Royal Highness has been running in decent maidens and has found longer trips just beyond her in her last two starts so this distance and surface should enable her to get into the frame. Desert Viper has been running a bit better than form figures suggest and could also get into contention.
Royal Highness (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Soon prominent, led inside first 2f, pressed from 3f out, soon joined, headed under 2f out, no extra and one pace 1f out, 5th of 17, 9 1/2l behind Lovee Dovee (9-0) at Curragh 1m mdn fll sft in Sep.
Callhersmiley (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) A little keen, soon chased leaders, 5th approaching halfway, no impression from 2f out, soon no extra, 7th of 13, 18 1/2l behind Accountability (9-5) at Navan 1m mdn gf in Sep.
Silk Air (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear on inner, took keen hold, 9th halfway, ridden and progress between horses to 4th over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Merricourt (9-5) at Dundalk 1m mdn pol in Sep.
Zaamar (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace from over 1f out, 4th of 14, 6 1/2l behind Merricourt (9-5) at Dundalk 1m mdn pol in Sep.
Anthonysoprano (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Mid-division on outer, pushed along and no impression under 2f out, soon ridden and no extra over 1f out, 10th of 12, 11 3/4l behind Pulse Of Shanghai (9-5) at Down Royal 5f mdn Yielding in Aug.
Pocotaligo 7-2 (8-13) Chased leaders towards outer, 4th halfway, pushed along in 3rd entering straight, ridden in 2nd when slightly hampered under 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Merricourt (9-5) at Dundalk 1m mdn pol in Sep.
Postcode Envy 66-1 (9-0) Went right from stalls and bumped rival, held up towards rear, took keen hold, pushed along from over 3f out, kept on one pace without threatening to go 7th inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 19l behind Dawn Of The West (9-0) at Killarney 1m 3f mdn fll sft in Aug.
Desert Viper (IRE) 14-1 (9-11) Pushed along briefly early, soon towards rear, pushed along again into straight and one pace, 9th of 14, 14 1/2l behind Facethepuckout (9-10) at Listowel 7f hcp sft in Sep.
Marmolata (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Bumped and hampered leaving stalls, held up, pushed along and progress 2 1/2f out, soon ridden, kept on final furlong to 3rd close home, never nearer, 3rd of 17, 3 1/2l behind Romantic Proposal (9-0) at Cork 7f mdn fll gd in Sep.
Red Vermillion (IRE) 50-1 (9-1) Pushed along in rear early, ridden and no impression from over 1f out, kept on one pace, 9th of 14, 11 1/2l behind Merricourt (9-5) at Dundalk 1m mdn pol in Sep.
Simply Elusive (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Very slowly away, always detached in rear, no impression 2f out, tailed off, last of 12, 35 3/4l behind Pulse Of Shanghai (9-5) at Down Royal 5f mdn Yielding in Aug.
Upwey (IRE) 66-1 (8-13) Dwelt, ran freely towards rear, ridden and no extra from over 1f out, 11th of 14, 13 1/2l behind Merricourt (9-5) at Dundalk 1m mdn pol in Sep.
Mons Lady (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) A little slow into stride, soon chased leaders, 6th approaching halfway, no impression from 2f out, soon no extra, 9th of 13, 22 1/2l behind Accountability (9-5) at Navan 1m mdn gf in Sep.
Lottieloveheart (IRE) 11-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, pushed along on inner under 2f out, no impression in 5th 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 4 3/4l behind Never Rains (9-2) at Gowran Park 1m fll Yielding in Sep.
Cactus Tree (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Soon raced in 7th, pushed along before halfway where 8th, moderate 6th over 1f out, soon no extra, 9th of 17, 15 3/4l behind Royal Canford (9-0) at Curragh 6f mdn sft in Sep.
Rudisha (IRE) 16-1 (9-8) Prominent in far side group, soon under pressure, no extra 3f out, weakened 2f out, 16th of 25, 15 1/2l behind Chagall (8-9) at Cork 7f hcp gd in Sep.
Bashful Boy (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, took closer order over 3f out, hung right over 2f out, no extra approaching final furlong, last of 3, 7 1/4l behind Modakhar (9-2) at Hamilton 1m stks (5) sft in Sep.