Another tough handicap but Osteopathic Remedy won it last year off a 5lb lower mark and was successful for the first time since at Ripon last month, denying Robert The Painter a four-timer. Danny Tudhope usually rides the latter but has switched here to Two For Two, who was third to Norse Blues in the Thirsk Hunt Cup in the spring and reopposes on 6lb better terms. LEVITATE only had a head to spare over third Brae Hill when winning the Lincoln at Doncaster in March and the latter is 6lb better off here. But he's never won on soft whereas John Quinn's five-year-old revels on an easy surface and will have needed the run when third at Doncaster last week. Taking into account Oisin Murphy's claim, he may be the one to beat as Pintura still looks too high in the handicap. Anna's Pearl could appreciate this drop in grade but fellow three-year-old Aeronwyn Bryn has shot up the weights lately.
Pintura 25-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, pushed along on inside 3f out, driven 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 16, 17l behind Mont Ras (8-10) at York 1m hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Two For Two (IRE) 7-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, ridden and weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 9l behind Sam Sharp (9-5) at York 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) sft in Aug.
Robert The Painter (IRE) 15-2 (9-7) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, headed and no extra final furlong, 2nd of 14, 2l behind Osteopathic Remedy (9-0) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Osteopathic Remedy (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden 2f out, driven to lead final furlong, kept on well, won at Ripon 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug beating Robert The Painter (9-7) by 2l, 14 ran.
Anna's Pearl 28-1 (8-11) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, last of 8, 16l behind Top Notch Tonto (8-11) at Haydock 1m Grp 3 (1) gs.
Norse Blues 12-1 (9-0) Raced centre, chased leaders 4f, 10th of 14, 9l behind Sir Reginald (8-10) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) gs.
Levitate 13-2 (8-10) Raced stand side in touch in rear, ridden 3f out, headway and switched to race centre group over 1f out, kept on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Ascription (9-1) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-110 (2) gs.
Brae Hill (IRE) 7-1 (8-7) Slowly away towards rear, ridden 2f out, headway entering final furlong, stayed to go 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Clockmaker (8-11) at Chester 1m hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Karaka Jack 12-1 (9-7) Hampered start, in rear, ridden over 2f out, headway on outer over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 14, 6l behind Dream Walker (8-11) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Aeronwyn Bryn (IRE) 7-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, led over 2f out, clear inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Thirsk 1m flls hcp 0-85 (4) gs beating Hot Rod Mamma (9-2) by 3 1/2l, 12 ran.