A number of regulars in this grade with ISLAND CHIEF selected at the expense of Whipma Whopma Gate and Dabbers Ridge. Kevin Ryan's charge ran third behind Fremen when tried over the trip. Seven furlongs at Catterick seemed sharp enough last time out and the step back up should suit. Whipma Whopma Gate is exposed as modest though Declan Carroll has proved a dab hand at sending out winners at this grade and she should be respected. Dabbers Ridge may have needed his first run of the season so more can be anticipated this afternoon. Royal Dignitary is arguably flattered by his BHA rating though has the fitness edge that many don't. Rub Of The Relic has a bit to find on the book though Paul Midgeley's horses are running well and it would be no surprise to see a good run. West Kirk performed adequately enough over seven furlongs at Lingfield and will be seen to better effect here.Conversely Dean Iarracht drops in trip having not stayed 1m4f in a bad maiden last time out. Island Chief gets the call in a race of limited punting appeal.
Castle Myth (USA) 5-1 (9-6) Close up until outpaced 5f out, soon pushed along, headway over 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Pretty Orchid (8-9) at Redcar 7f sell stks (6) sft.
Dabbers Ridge (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 15, 13l behind Academy Blues (9-4) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Island Chief 5-1 (9-10) Not much room soon after start, behind, outpaced over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, stayed on from over 1f out, never able to challenge, 5th of 12, 8l behind Sir George (9-5) at Catterick 7f clm stks (6) gs.
Rowan Lodge (IRE) 11-1 (8-12) Raced wide, held up, ridden and headway 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 7th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Climate (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Royal Dignitary (USA) 9-1 (9-10) Tracked leading pair, driven 2f out, soon ridden, effort and every chance over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 12, 2l behind Sir George (9-5) at Catterick 7f clm stks (6) gs.
Rub of The Relic (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden 3f out, slightly outpaced over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 13, 9l behind Pendragon (9-6) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar.
The Graig 13-2 (8-10) Held up in touch, chased leaders over 2f out, soon ridden and one pace, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Marjury Daw (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Lady Florence 33-1 (9-9) Led 2f, tracked leaders after, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 14, 39l behind Sunny Spells (9-4) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
Whipma Whopma Gate (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, 2nd 3f out, led 2f out, edged left and headed inside final furlong, not much room, ran on, 3rd of 12, shd behind Confide In Me (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Dean Iarracht (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Went left start, keen, always in rear, 7th of 8, 31l behind Goodlukin Lucy (8-0) at Musselburgh 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gs.
Kaballero (GER) 8-1 (8-10) Prominent, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 14, 10l behind Very Well Red (9-0) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Mydy Easy (USA) 33-1 (9-5) Raced wide intouch, ridden and weakened 2f out, 8th of 9, 24l behind Fremen (10-0) at Musselburgh 1m 1f sell stks (6) gs.
West Kirk 20-1 (9-4) With leader, ridden to lead approaching 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 12, 2l behind Batchworth Blaise (8-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Kenswick 14-1 (8-10) Towards rear, effort on inside over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 6th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Usquaebach (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.