ONLY A GAME has the recent form and a good draw and is fancied to go in again; the shortlist consists of Solemn, Welcome Approach, Foreign Rhythm and Thunder Bay. The selection has a 4lb rise in the weights to contend with for a recent course and distance success and judging by his old all-weather form his new mark of 61 may still be within his grasp. Thunderbay ran well behind Rocketball at Musselburgh on Monday and was unlucky in running, but along with Select Committee, Strathmore and Solemn he has a bad draw to work from here. Welcome Approach is rated better than his run behind Hansomis last time, whilst Yungaburra ran well behind Twosheetstothewind last time but that form doesn¿t look amazing. The form of Circle Dance's run behind Zowington at Leicester is working out much better and along with Bahamian Ballad and What A Fella, he needs considering. Foreign Rhythm won narrowly over this course and distance last time and she needs respect despite racing from just out of the weights, but it is Only A Game who can land this competitive finale.
Yungaburra (IRE) 12-1 (10-0) Towards rear stand side, effort when not much room over 1f out, switched left and ran on final furlong, 5th of 17, 2 3/4l behind Twosheetstothewind (9-8) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Know No Fear 11-1 (9-5) Mid-division, lost place 2f out, no chance when eased well inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 8l behind Bertbrand (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f sell stks (6) pol in Jun.
Dickie Le Davoir 13-2 (8-11) Slowly into stride, behind, headway over 1f out, stayed on, never nearer, 5th of 12, 8l behind Ninth House (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jun.
Only A Game (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Led, headed after 1f and held up behind leaders, switched left and quickened to lead entering final furlong, kept on gamely, won at Beverley 5f hcp 0-65 (6) fm in Jun beating Soto (9-5) by nk, 13 ran.
Thunder Bay 5-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Rocketball (8-12) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Strathmore (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Behind, ridden and headway over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Argentine (11-8) at Hamilton 6f (6) gf in Jun.
Select Committee 6-1 (8-6) Chased leader far side, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 1 3/4l behind Requisite (9-8) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jun.
Circle Dance (IRE) 18-1 (8-9) Held up in touch, effort entering final 2f, soon every chance, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 8, 4l behind Zowington (9-7) at Leicester 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Solemn 12-1 (8-13) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, led well inside final furlong, won at Chepstow 5f clm stks (6) gd in Jun beating The Tatling (8-13) by nk, 12 ran.
Welcome Approach 40-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, 15th of 16, 22l behind Hansomis (8-11) at Carlisle 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Bahamian Ballad 8-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden and one pace final 2f, 4th of 12, 5l behind Argentine (9-10) at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Monte Cassino (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Mid-division, outpaced halfway, stayed on well final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Great Knight (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jun.
Mormeatmic 25-1 (8-10) Always behind far side, last of 17, 17l behind Twosheetstothewind (9-8) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Foreign Rhythm (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, led well inside final furlong, just held on, won at Beverley 5f Apprentice Handicap (0-55) (3yo+) (6) gf in Jun beating Unbelievable Jeff (8-4) by hd, 14 ran.
What A Fella 9-4fav (8-11) Soon led, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Bedloe's Island (9-8) at Redcar 5f (5) gf in Jun.
Chipolini (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Bright Falcon (9-2) at Ripon 6f app sell stks (6) gd in Jun.