Hong Kong improved to have every chance over 7f on heavy ground at Limerick but had no answer to the impressive Big Call. The winner's yard is represented by Shooting Spirit, a 25/1 chance on his debut here last month but showing plenty of promise and certain to improve. JOHAN ZOFFANI finished a close second in that latter event and was then narrowly beaten on heavy ground at the Curragh. He can go one better though Nullifier also ran well in that race here when staying on nicely and both Knight Of Malta and Thaleeq are newcomers to note.
Distant Vista (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Dwelt and towards rear, pushed along in rear of mid-division 1 1/2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never a factor, 9th of 21, 8l behind Flaming Moon (9-5) at Navan 6f mdn sft in Oct.
Elusive King (IRE) Elusive Pimpernel gelding out of Lost Icon.
Hong Kong (USA) 11-8fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, 3rd and pushed along halfway, ridden early straight and progress to challenge 1f out, no impression on winner final 150 yards, kept on one pace, 2nd of 11, 3l behind Big Call (9-5) at Limerick 7f mdn hvy in Oct.
Impossiblecometrue (IRE) 50-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, soon pushed along on inner, ridden and no extra early straight, weakened, last of 11, 30 1/2l behind Big Call (9-5) at Limerick 7f mdn hvy in Oct.
Johan Zoffani (IRE) 2-1fav (8-13) Chased leaders, headway to dispute lead travelling well on inner 2f out, ridden to lead 1 1/2f out, strongly pressed under 1f out, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Champers Elysees (8-10) at Curragh 6f hvy in Sep.
Knight Of Malta (USA) War Front colt out of Was.
Matera 4-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and edged right over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 6, 3 1/4l behind The New Marwan (9-5) at Hamilton 6f mdn stks (4) gf in Jun.
Nullifier (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride and towards rear, ridden 1 1/2f out, 10th over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 14, 4 3/4l behind Eloy D'amerval (9-5) at Naas 6f mdn gd in Sep.
Pimlico Publican (IRE) 50-1 (9-5) Dwelt, towards rear, no impression from halfway, never a factor, 13th of 19, 20l behind Pablo Diablo (9-5) at Curragh 7f mdn hvy in Sep.
Praise You (IRE) 40-1 (9-5) A little slow into stride, towards rear, soon raced in 6th, pushed along briefly approaching straight on inner, soon 5th and pushed along again, no impression over 1f out, one pace, 5th of 8, 7 1/4l behind Shekhem (9-5) at Listowel 7f mdn sft in Sep.
Rodney Bay (IRE) 66-1 (9-5) Mid-division, pushed along and no impression under 2f out, no extra, 15th of 21, 16l behind Flaming Moon (9-5) at Navan 6f mdn sft in Oct.
Sansevero Chapel (IRE) Cappella Sansevero colt out of Artistic Dancer.
Slieve Bearnagh (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Chased leaders in far side group, ridden and no extra over 2f out, 9th of 13, 15 1/4l behind Precious Moments (9-0) at Curragh 6f mdn Soft - Heavy in Oct.
Thaleeq Muhaarar colt out of Rifqah.
Zephron Ivawood gelding out of Amarylis.
Shooting Spirit (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden into 5th 1 1/2f out, no impression 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 14, 3l behind Eloy D'amerval (9-5) at Naas 6f mdn gd in Sep.