Set The Trend finished a length in front of Beacon Lodge when fourth over 7f at Musselburgh last Saturday but has won over this longer trip. Norse Blues beat Trail Blaze in the Thirsk Hunt Cup before running a shocker at Sandown and the latter may well reverse running on only his second start of the season. STRICTLY SILVER won a competitive handicap at Wolverhampton before finishing a respectable eighth in the Lincoln and looks to be facing an easier task in this. Alan Bailey's charge gets the vote ahead of veteran handicappers Osteopathic Remedy and Dubai Dynamo, who are closely matched on recent form at Ripon and both still capable on their day.
Set The Trend 8-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Clockmaker (8-8) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Strictly Silver (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Held up, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 22, 3 1/2l behind Levitate (8-4) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) sft in Mar.
Chosen Character (IRE) 3-1fav (9-7) Awkward start, chased leaders, lost place halfway, soon no impression, 7th of 8, 6l behind Dr Red Eye (8-13) at Chester 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May.
Beacon Lodge (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Mid-division, effort over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Clockmaker (8-8) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Norse Blues 6-1 (9-8) Raced wide early prominent, joined winner 5f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 15, 19l behind Roserrow (9-5) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Trail Blaze (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Tracked winner, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, lost 2nd place entering final furlong, soon weakened, 8th of 15, 6l behind Norse Blues (8-8) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Osteopathic Remedy (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Mid-division, pushed along and headway over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Suits Me (9-1) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Dubai Dynamo 5-1 (9-13) Soon in touch on inside, lost place over 3f out, rallied under pressure on inner over 1f out, one pace and no impression inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Lord Of The Dance (8-7) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Capaill Liath (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Slowly away, soon detached, tailed off, 10th of 11, 23l behind Smarty Socks (9-1) at York 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Extraterrestrial Evensfav (9-1) Towards rear in 5th, headway over 2f out, soon ridden to challenge, not quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Springheel Jake (9-10) at Carlisle 1m clm stks (5) gf.