FLYING POWER is much better on the all-weather but took advantage of a lower rating to score at Doncaster last time. A 4lb rise may not be enough to prevent a follow-up and he gets the vote ahead of King Kurt. The latter won over 1m2f at Haydock last month but was well beaten off a higher mark last time while Gosforth Park needs softer ground to show his best. Grandiloquent disappointed at Haydock last week but it's only a matter of time before Strike Force makes the most of a tumble down the weights and he has shown signs of a resurgence of late.
Flying Power 3-1fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, went 2nd 5f out, led 3f out, clear over 1f out, held on, won at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul beating Keep It Cool (9-5) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
King Kurt (IRE) 10-1 (9-13) Led after 1f, driven over 2f out, soon ridden, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Corton Lad (9-2) at Hamilton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Gosforth Park 7-2fav (9-9) Tracked leader, led 8f out, ridden and headed approaching final 3f, kept on same pace, 5th of 9, 6l behind Choisan (10-0) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Grandiloquent 4-1 (8-13) Virtually refused to race, well in rear, headway to chase leaders over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 9l behind Royal Sea (8-6) at Haydock 1m 4f app hcp (5) gd.
Discay 9-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along 4f out, ridden 3f out, edged left over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Morocco (9-6) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
Strike Force 18-1 (8-11) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on and always held, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Brigadoon (10-0) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Kingarrick 11-1 (9-7) Soon held up in last pair, ridden and struggling 4f out, tailed off, last of 7, 29l behind Torero (9-8) at Catterick 2m sell stks (6) sft.
Valentine's Gift 12-1 (8-9) Soon led, ridden over 3f out, soon headed, not much room and hampered over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 4l behind Vittachi (8-11) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.