MONEL is on the upgrade and worth sticking with in this company. He bids for a hat-trick after a couple of C&D victories and Jim Goldie's three-year-old has enough scope to defy a 6lb rise in the weights. Weetentherty has been running well in sellers at Hamilton, but Eternal Instinct and Beckermet make more appeal having been placed in better company of late. Tadalavil won this on sort of ground last year but is out of sorts at present, while Burnwynd Boy and Royal Blade could prove best of the remainder.
Bond Fastrac 20-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 17, 5l behind Saucy Brown (9-11) at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Mullglen 13-2 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon well held, 9th of 12, 10l behind Nomoreblondes (8-12) at York 5f app hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Beckermet (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Close up, ridden 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, not quicken, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Frequency (10-0) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Ingleby Arch (USA) 17-2 (9-7) In rear, never nearer, 7th of 14, 8l behind Boy The Bell (8-8) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jun.
Eternal Instinct 7-2 (8-11) In rear, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on to take 3rd close home, 3rd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Timeless Elegance (9-1) at Ayr 6f flls hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Tadalavil 28-1 (9-5) Chased leaders standside group, weakened final furlong, 10th of 12, 7l behind Blues Jazz (8-12) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Northern Dare (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and no impression final 2f, 5th of 7, 4l behind Mandalay King (9-3) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Lady Del Sol 9-2 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 10, 12l behind Lady Royale (9-7) at Pontefract 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Monel 4-1fav (9-4) Held up in last place, switched right halfway, good headway 2f out, chased leader entering final furlong, ran on to lead near finish, won at Ayr 6f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf beating Brave Battle (9-6) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Burnwynd Boy 16-1 (9-2) Close up, ridden and every chance over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon headed, no extra, 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Frequency (10-0) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Weetentherty 12-1 (8-9) Not much room soon after start, held up, headway over 3f out, challenged over 2f out, hung right over 1f out, unable to quicken inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Tahitian Princess (8-6) at Hamilton 6f Selling Handicap (0-65) (3-5yo) (6) gd.
Royal Blade (IRE) 7-2fav (8-3) Led 1f, prominent, led again 2f out, soon ridden, headed and not pace of winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Liberty Ship (9-1) at Doncaster 5f app hcp (6) gd.