The three-year-olds Flippant and Maracuja have to be respected from the bottom of the weights but HOLD THE LINE is taken to repeat his recent victory over the course and distance on ground he would have found too fast. Pat Shanahan has acquired him from Dubai and new connections shouldn't be too unhappy with a 6lb rise for that latest success. Silver Rime must always be feared in this class and gained his 10th victory on his 70th start at Carlisle, though he's only ever run once over a trip this far. Nicky Richards has done brilliantly to get 10 races out of Noble Allan, who rolled back the years to land the Cumberland Plate at Carlisle in June. Awake My Soul won here last summer and though unsuccessful subsequently looked ready to win again soon when a fine third to First Flight at Newmarket.
Awake My Soul (IRE) 11-2 (9-12) In touch towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway when switched right approaching final furlong, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind First Flight (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Hold The Line (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Raced wide close up, tracked leaders over 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, driven out, won at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul beating Never Forever (9-0) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Silver Rime (FR) 7-1 (10-7) Held up in last pair, smooth headway between horses over 2f out, went 2nd 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, led final strides, won at Carlisle 1m (4) gd beating Talent Scout (10-4) by hd, 9 ran.
San Cassiano (IRE) 20-1 (9-9) Led 1f, tracked leader, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 7, 5l behind Whispering Warrior (9-10) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Beaumont's Party (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, lost place well over 1f out, 9th of 17, 9l behind Osteopathic Remedy (9-4) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-90 (3) sft.
Noble Alan (GER) 13-2fav (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway on wide outside 2f out, chasing leaders when hung badly right over 1f out, led 1f out, stayed on, driven out, won at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun beating Streets Of Newyork (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Unsinkable (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, never a factor, 12th of 13, 18l behind Apostle (9-7) at Chester 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Las Verglas Star (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, hampered 2f out, no progress, 9th of 11, 14l behind Angelic Upstart (8-9) at Goodwood 1m 1f app hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Art Scholar (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Held up in last pair, pushed along over 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 8, 10l behind Expert Fighter (9-7) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jul.
Red Inca 20-1 (8-9) Unseated rider leaving stalls, in a race won by Osteopathic Remedy (9-4) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-90 (3) sft, 17 ran.
Flippant 7-1 (8-0) Held up in last pair, ridden on outside 3f out, hung left and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 6l behind What About Carlo (9-2) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Jun.
Maracuja 5-1 (8-11) Led, headed 2f out, soon ridden and one pace, no impression final furlong, lost 4th near finish, 5th of 8, 6l behind Kleo (8-13) at York 1m 2f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf in Jul.