Low numbers normally have a distinct advantage though any further softening of the ground could have the opposite effect. Wicked Wilma is badly drawn as she attempts a four-timer and it will be very difficult for her to succeed from stall 14. Sands Of Dee is another who isn't well berthed while track specialist Caranbola is in the middle and looking a couple of pounds high in the weights. Chosen One ran much better at Pontefract last time and has dropped to a decent mark but a chance is taken on a return to form from MEY BLOSSOM. Richard Whitaker's mare was in tremendous form last season and her victory in this race was her fifth of the campaign. She has been running in decent handicaps this year and is drawn well enough to grab a coveted rails position. Eastern Hills has had 15 runs on the all-weather since he last scored on turf and that was on heavy ground so further rain would aid his cause.
Haajes 10-1 (8-10) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, not reached leaders, 4th of 10, 2l behind Red Cape (9-2) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jul.
Mey Blossom 6-1 (9-4) Always in rear, weakened frrom 2f out, last of 9, 8l behind Hypnosis (8-1) at Doncaster 5f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Caranbola 9-2 (8-10) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 12, 9l behind Hotham (9-4) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Select Committee 6-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 7th of 9, 5l behind Caranbola (9-8) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Sands Of Dee (USA) 9-4 (9-1) Outpaced and behind, ridden halfway, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Fol Hollow (9-2) at Catterick 5f clm stks (6) sft in Jul.
Eastern Hills 7-2fav (9-1) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, ridden clear, won at Southwell 5f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Jul beating Diamond Johnny G (9-3) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
Dancing Freddy (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, led over 1f out, ridden and pressed inside final furlong, kept on, won at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul beating Bosun Breese (9-7) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Ingleby Star (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 6th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Dancing Freddy (9-3) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
Sleepy Blue Ocean 9-2fav (9-12) Chased leaders, hard driven over 2f out, effort over 1f out, no extra close home, 4th of 10, 2l behind Port Ronan (8-10) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Wicked Wilma (IRE) 5-1 (8-5) Made all, ridden inside final furlong, kept on, won at Hamilton 5f flls hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul beating Ballinargh Girl (8-7) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Sir Nod 9-1 (9-7) Led early, ridden over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 7l behind Kings 'n Dreams (9-1) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Chosen One (IRE) 9-1 (8-13) Chased leader, led on inside over 2f out, ran on under pressure until headed and not pace of winner close home, 2nd of 8, nk behind Comptonspirit (9-3) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Rainy Night 8-1 (8-9) Held up, ridden on outside over 1f out, never on terms, 7th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Whiskey Junction (8-8) at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks (6) pol in Jul.
Media Jury 7-1 (9-4) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, last of 9, 16l behind We'll Deal Again (9-9) at Leicester 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Ezzles (USA) 16-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, chased leaders, short of room briefly on inside approaching final 5f, weakened over 2f out, virtually pulled up well over 1f out, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Roodee Queen (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.