Plenty with claims but it could pay to look no further than top weight EXTRATERRESTRIAL. Richard Fahey's veteran won a Class 3 handicap at Doncaster last time a shade cosily and an apprentice's allowance negates a 4lb rise. Course regular Shadowtime won this back in 2010 and should figure again after scoring at Pontefract while Sophisticated Heir won at the first time of asking for his new trainer over 7f at Leicester and David O'Meara trained last year's winner. Jacbequick has also been in fine form over 7f at this track and Potent Embrace cannot be ignored on her handicap debut.
Extraterrestrial 11-1 (8-8) Mid-division, headway on inside 3f out, led and ridden inside final furlong, kept on, won at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jun beating Bishop's Castle (8-7) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Shadowtime 9-1 (9-13) Held up, steady headway on inside 3f out, switched right to wide outside over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, went 2nd 50 yards out, led final strides, won at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun beating Checkpoint (9-2) by hd, 8 ran.
Chevalgris 4-1 (9-2) Towards rear, pushed along over 4f out, soon outpaced, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 15l behind Royal Skies (9-4) at Pontefract 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun '13.
Sophisticated Heir (IRE) 5-2fav (9-6) Tracked leader, ridden to lead narrowly over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, driven to lead again post, won at Leicester 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Jun beating Fieldgunner Kirkup (9-7) by hd, 7 ran.
Hydrant 25-1 (9-6) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 9, 14l behind No Win No Fee (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Eeny Mac (IRE) 7-1 (9-9) In rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, 5th of 7, 4l behind Relight My Fire (9-6) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Border Bandit (USA) 8-1 (9-7) In touch on inside, headway and switched right over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 15, 4l behind Another For Joe (9-6) at Carlisle 1m hcp (4) gf in Jun.
Dark Ocean (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, soon in mid-division, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on into 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 8, 4l behind I'm Super Too (8-8) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs in May.
Ellaal 7-2fav (9-7) Chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 20l behind Shadowtime (9-13) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Jacbequick 9-2 (9-5) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 2l behind In Focus (8-9) at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Potent Embrace (USA) 11-2 (8-12) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed close home, 2nd of 11, hd behind Express Himself (9-3) at Haydock 1m mdn stks (5) sft.