Dean Iarracht, Sampower Rose and VALID POINT make up the shortlist here and it is the last-named who narrowly comes out on top. Although he may not be a stable star, a basement mark of 45 means that the selection could make hay over the next couple of weeks. His latest start on his handicap debut at Brighton was his best effort to date and with this stiffer test of stamina in his favour he looks worth siding with. It should be noted that he has four more entries over the next week. Kristopher James ran quite well in defeat at Newcastle last time; his best runs however have come on good to firm ground and the going must raise a question. A tongue-tie is tried on Royal Society, Shadows Lengthen is one to watch in the betting with the blinkers on again (finished in front of Kristopher James last time), whilst Jachol may be modest but at least he is consistent enough and less exposed than many. Sampower Rose steps up in trip today and if the filly gets the distance then she should be there in the shake-up, however her pedigree is not stamina leaden and her win came at the sharp track of Catterick. The ground could be an issue with Northside Prince, however the market may help guide to his chance as well. An open and eminently winnable handicap, in which Valid Point may be worth siding with.
Northside Prince (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, headway 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden and headed 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 14, 4l behind Bollin Dolly (8-12) at Redcar 1m 2f mdn hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Dean Iarracht (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, soon outpaced, stayed on final furlong, never troubled leaders, 3rd of 13, 7l behind Speed Dating (9-1) at Carlisle 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Sampower Rose (IRE) 17-2 (8-8) Slightly awkward leaving stalls, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, every chance 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, no impression final 100 yards, 2nd of 4, 2 3/4l behind Island Sunset (9-5) at Haydock 1m 3yo fll hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
Digger Derek (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Led, headed over 6f out, led again over 4f out, ridden 2f out, headed 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 5l behind Veroon (9-7) at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Carter 7-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 11th of 13, 34l behind Vita Mia (8-8) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Jachol (IRE) 3-1fav (8-8) Tracked winner, ridden to join winner from over 2f out, driven and no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind The Last Don (9-11) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Shadows Lengthen 7-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, hard ridden to challenge approaching final furlong, soon every chance, kept on same pace close home, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Addison De Witt (8-11) at Newcastle 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Royal Society 16-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, weakened 3f out, soon eased, last of 13, well behind Kiama Bay (8-9) at Hamilton 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Kristopher James (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Prominent, led over 4f out, hard ridden and challenged from 2f out, headed inside final furlong, soon weakened, 4th of 11, 1 1/2l behind Addison De Witt (8-11) at Newcastle 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Castle Myth (USA) 33-1 (8-3) Always in rear, tailed off final 2f, 12th of 13, well behind Vita Mia (8-8) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Valid Point (IRE) 17-2 (8-3) Chased leaders, hung left over 1f out, switched right inside final furlong, kept on one pace after, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Cavendish Road (9-7) at Brighton 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) fm.
Sydney Cove (IRE) 33-1 (7-10) Behind, pulled hard, headway to track leaders halfway, weakened over 3f out, last of 11, 9l behind Addison De Witt (8-11) at Newcastle 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf.