Little separates the top five in the weights, all of whom tend to win in their turn in ordinary northern handicap company. Powerful Presence keeps threatening a victory for the O'Meara team and it's noteworthy to see connections now reach for a first-time visor at the age of seven for the Refuse To Bend gelding. It may well do the trick. Silver Rime arrives on the back of a course and distance success for an in-form Linda Perratt but a 6lb penalty could prove a bridge too far on this follow-up attempt. Gatepost ran well last time but only has a single success to his name since May 2011 and it may pay to go with KING OF MACEDON. Mark Johnston has no equal pitching 3-y-o's in against older horses as the season progresses and his gelding receives plenty of weight from all bar one of his rivals. Hopefully, Joe Fanning will be able to dictate matters with a soft lead and make the most of that significant weight differential.
Silver Rime (FR) 6-1 (9-8) Dwelt in touch towards rear, headway and every chance over 1f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Ayr 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Jazz (9-6) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Escape To Glory (USA) 22-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, never involved, 11th of 16, 13l behind Johnno (9-3) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Powerful Presence (IRE) 3-1fav (9-13) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Silver Rime (9-8) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Gatepost (IRE) 9-1 (9-13) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Ralphy Boy (9-3) at Chester 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun.
Circuitous 20-1 (9-4) Last pair, never a factor, last of 16, 20l behind Johnno (9-3) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Order Of Service 7-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, soon ridden, headed final strides, 2nd of 7, nk behind Hanalei Bay (9-7) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
King Of Macedon (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) With leader, ridden over 3f out, kept on and no extra towards finish, 4th of 7, 3l behind Relight My Fire (9-6) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.