Jockeyship will play just as big a part in this as form and Michael O'Connell has already enjoyed plenty of success riding for Dandy Nicholls. The pair team up again here with Noimead Draiochta, who has his first run for the yard but had form in better company in Ireland for Jim Bolger. He has a penalty to carry today, however, so STAMP DUTY is just preferred. James Sullivan's mount drops into this grade for the first time and is the one to beat on his fifth over this trip at Leicester in July. Bay Of Fires could figure if a visor has the desired effect while Eeny Mac and Meandmyshadow are usually thereabouts and can't be ignored.
Royal Blade (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Towards rear and pushed along, kept on from over 1f out, no impression, 4th of 10, 8l behind Tongalooma (9-2) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Brave Battle 12-1 (8-9) Towards rear, pushed along halfway, never dangerous, 7th of 8, 22l behind Hills Of Dakota (9-4) at Hamilton 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Noimead Draiochta (IRE) 5-1fav (8-5) Chased leaders on inner, 4th halfway, moderate 5th and ridden early straight, no extra, 9th of 14, 5l behind Newlands Princess (8-2) at Leopardstown 1m hcp 50-85 3yo gf in Jun.
Blue Rum (IRE) 50-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, soon lost place, weakened final furlong, 10th of 11, 11l behind Paper Dreams (8-6) at Catterick 6f sell stks (6) gd in Jul.
Eeny Mac (IRE) 7-2 (8-9) Held up towards rear, switched left over 2f out, headway over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Fairy Mist (8-9) at Beverley 1m app stks (6) gf.
Kalahari Desert (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Dwelt, held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 13th of 16, 14l behind Babich Bay (9-0) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Mark Anthony (IRE) 22-1 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 16, 7l behind Babich Bay (9-0) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Captain Dimitrios 22-1 (8-11) Chased leader, ridden halfway, weakened final furlong, 6th of 10, 8l behind Flying Phoenix (8-11) at Leicester 7f 3yo sll (6) gd.
Meandmyshadow 8-1 (8-10) Outpaced in rear, headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Viking Warrior (9-2) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Stamp Duty (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Always towards rear, 12th of 13, 18l behind Uptown Guy (9-5) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Tinzo (IRE) 150-1 (8-2) Refused to race, in a race won by Circuitous (9-0) at Carlisle 6f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug, 12 ran.
Lady Lube Rye (IRE) 11-2 (8-7) Led, ridden halfway, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 9, 12l behind Cross of Lorraine (9-9) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-65 (6) hvy in Aug.
Bay Of Fires (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Led on stands side rail, headed over 4f out, led again over 2f out, ridden and headed inside final 2f, lost place over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 19l behind Elusive Prince (9-7) at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Aug.
Exceeded 20-1 (8-9) Slowly away, in rear, never dangerous, last of 12, 31l behind Surely This Time (9-3) at Newcastle 5f mdn stks (5) sft.
Magic Rhythm 10-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 10l behind Flying Phoenix (8-11) at Leicester 7f 3yo sll (6) gd.