soon chased leaders, disputed 7th approaching straight, slightly impeded and headway under 2f out, gained narrow lead over 1f out, edged slightly left and stayed on well inside final furlong
FOREIGN LEGION has been in such good form recently that he's difficult to oppose despite this looking a tricky handicap. He's up 7lb for a comfortable victory last month but should be up to the task. Royal Highness was expected to do better after winning here just over a year ago but has disappointed while Tyrconnell remains on a high mark due to consistency and is on a long losing run. Miss Jabeam is speedy enough to get involved though is better over an extra furlong while Eglish and Crystal Dawn are closely matched on their 1-2 here in November though preference is for the latter at the revised weights.
Faakhirah (IRE) 17-2 (8-6) Led early, prominent, disputed 3rd approaching halfway, effort straight, on terms 1 1/2f out, headed over 100yds out, one pace, 2nd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Whatharm (8-12) at Dundalk 7f hcp pol in Dec.
Whoareyouanyway (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Towards rear, not fluent at 4th, 7th after 5th, no impression after 3 out, weakened after 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last, at Sligo 2m 1f mdn Yielding in Oct.
Kuwait Direction (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) In touch, progress over 3f out, lost place 1 1/2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 12, 5 3/4l behind Sendmylovetoyou (9-2) at Dundalk 6f pol in Dec.
Irish Acclaim (IRE) 13-2 (10-3) Waited with in rear, headway on inner straight, kept on same pace without threatening final furlong, 8th of 14, 4 3/4l behind Prisoner's Dilemma (10-2) at Dundalk 7f pol in Dec.
Royal Highness (IRE) 13-2 (10-1) Mid-division, pushed along in 8th 2f out, ridden and went 3rd 1f out, kept on in 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Boitron (9-1) at Dundalk 7f pol in Dec.
Fridtjof Nansen 8-1 (9-8) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden in 4th 2f out, 4th 1f out, kept on without threatening leaders final furlong, 3rd of 12, 3 1/4l behind Juyush (9-7) at Dundalk 1m hcp pol in Dec.
Tony The Gent (IRE) 40-1 (9-6) Prominent, soon disputed lead, narrowly headed over 1f out, kept on without matching winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Juyush (10-0) at Dundalk 1m pol in Dec.
Crystal Dawn (IRE) 7-2jfav (10-2) Upset in stalls, a little slow into stride, soon mid-division, 8th approaching halfway, headway on inner straight, one pace over 1f out, 10th of 14, 9 3/4l behind Foreign Legion (9-7) at Dundalk 7f pol in Dec.
Eglish 9-1 (10-2) Very slowly into stride, waited with, disputed 12th approaching halfway, some headway on inner straight, one pace over 1f out, 11th of 14, 10l behind Foreign Legion (9-7) at Dundalk 7f pol in Dec.
Eloy D'amerval (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, pushed along and no impression 2f out, no extra from over 1f out, 11th of 14, 5 1/2l behind Dare To Flare (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Dec.
Tyrconnell (IRE) 7-2jfav (9-11) Waited with, 11th approaching straight, soon headway and switched right to outer, stayed on well inside final furlong, not quite reach front pair, 3rd of 14, nk behind Prisoner's Dilemma (10-2) at Dundalk 7f pol in Dec.
Foreign Legion (IRE) 7-2jfav (9-7) Prominent, soon disputed lead, headed inside first 2f and raced in 2nd, effort and slightly bumped 1 1/2f out, led under 1f out, asserted and stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Dundalk 7f pol in Dec beating Katiymann (9-13) by 2 1/2l, 14 ran.
Koybig (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) Soon chased leaders, 8th approaching straight, soon effort, switched left 1f out, kept on same pace without threatening, 7th of 14, 3 1/4l behind Prisoner's Dilemma (10-2) at Dundalk 7f pol in Dec.
Miss Jabeam (IRE) 9-1 (10-0) Rear of mid-division, 7th halfway, progress over 1f out, ridden to lead narrowly under 1f out, headed final 100 yards, kept on, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Irish Acclaim (10-2) at Dundalk 6f hcp pol in Dec.
Jungle Cove (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Soon tracked leaders, disputed 3rd halfway, closed up travelling smoothly straight, pushed along and effort from under 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Wonder Elzaam (9-7) at Dundalk 1m mdn pol in Dec.
Ecoeye 4-1 (9-8) Soon led, joined under 3f out, soon headed and no impression, 7th of 17, 10 1/2l behind Thefaithfulindian (9-6) at Curragh 1m hcp hvy in Nov.
Stately Home (IRE) 11-4 (9-7) Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden in 3rd 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Orchid Gardens (9-2) at Dundalk 1m pol in Nov.