HIGHLAND ACCLAIM disappointed on his final start of last season but his earlier fifth behind Toofi in a valuable sales race at Newmarket is easily the best form on show. He won't have to run up to that level to land this and, if the first race on today's card went to plan, can land a quick double for the O'Meara yard. Soul Bother took on better company on his debut at York in June and is preferred to Shared Quality, placed over 5f at Pontefract. Sleeper Class never threatened when third at Redcar but still looks best of the rest.
Highland Acclaim (IRE) 4-5fav (9-5) Keen tracked winner, ridden to press winner halfway, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Lexington Abbey (9-5) at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Oct.
Jimmy Crackle (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) In touch in rear, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 17l behind Dubawi Fun (9-5) at Southwell 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs in May.
Shared Equity 11-8fav (9-5) Chased leaders on outside, outpaced well over 2f out, ridden and headway 1f out, stayed on to take 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Omaha Gold (9-0) at Pontefract 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Sep.
Soul Brother (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Raced near side, outpaced in last pair, pushed along halfway, never on terms, 8th of 10, 8l behind Reroute (9-0) at York 5f 2yo mdn (3) gf in Jun.
Oriental Maid 50-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 19l behind Jaeger Train (9-5) at Southwell 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Mar.
Sleeper Class 66-1 (9-0) Held up, headway over 2f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 14, 9l behind Danzeno (9-5) at Redcar 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct.