Winning form has been hard to muster amongst these runners and with a C&D win to his name; DARING DREAM is almost a default selection. The seven-year-old actually ran a fair race behind Fieldgunner Kirkup at Newcastle last month, and with proven form over the trip, he has more positives than most. Tajneed has had some big paydays in the past and the Ripon specialist scrambled home at that track in June in a similar contest. He was well held when returning to handicaps and might just be vulnerable over the longer trip. Polar Annie won three races for Malcolm Saunders last season and the handicapper has made life very difficult for her as a consequence. Fishforcompliments returns from an absence but Pravda Street was seventh in the Victoria Cup at Ascot off a mark of 86, and he would be a big threat to all if any significant rainfall arrived.
Pravda Street 20-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 6l behind Mull Of Killough (9-10) at Newmarket 1m hcp 105 (2) sft.
Daring Dream (GER) 12-1 (8-11) Held up mid-division and keen, soon tracked leaders, kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 5th of 8, 7l behind King Of Eden (9-9) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Spread Boy (IRE) 100-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders on outer, went 4th over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 15, 6l behind Cyflymder (9-11) at Chester 1m ladies hcap (5) gs.
Tajneed (IRE) 9-1 (9-10) Chased leader, weakened from 2f out, 7th of 15, 11l behind Fast Shot (9-9) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-100 (2) hvy in Jun.
Fishforcompliments 2-1 (8-2) Keen raced wide, in touch in rear, ridden and carried head awkwardly over 1f out, effort inside final furlong, not run on close home, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Satwa Laird (8-4) at Lingfield 7f clm stks 0-75 (6) pol in Jan.
Polar Annie 6-1 (9-4) Led, headed over 5f out, raced far side from over 4f out, outpaced 2f out, plugged on to take 4th well inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 16l behind Madam Macie (10-0) at Hamilton 1m flls hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Jun.