City Ground reverted to type when well beaten in one of these events last time having won on the Polytrack under today's amateur before that. Stablemate HERNANDO TORRES is preferred as he's been getting steadily closer under the guidance of Anna Hesketh and looks capable of going one better after a recent second at Nottingham. Cabal and Valentine's Gift are others to consider but Meglio Ancora looks a bigger threat after a narrow-margin defeat at Ayr. Spanish Plume has a chance on form but is not certain to appreciate the return to a shorter trip.
Embsay Crag 20-1 (8-2) Tracked leaders, quickly weakened final furlong, 9th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Getabuzz (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun '12.
Merchant Of Medici 7-1 (10-1) Slowly into stride and switched left after start, headway over 3f out, pushed along well over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 11l behind Tapis Libre (10-3) at Pontefract 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Spanish Plume 13-2 (8-13) In rear, headway over 2f out, effort over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Kittens (9-4) at Leicester 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun.
City Ground (USA) 5-2fav (9-9) In touch, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 11l behind Tapis Libre (10-3) at Pontefract 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Hernando Torres 7-1 (10-0) In touch, closed over 2f out, ridden and every chance 1f out, stayed on, held inside final 100 yards, 2nd of 16, 1 1/2l behind Flag Of Glory (10-2) at Nottingham 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Cabal 33-1 (8-6) Held up towards rear, ridden and struggling over 3f out, headway and wide straight, hung left and stayed on to 3rd over 1f out, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Talent Scout (9-7) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Meglio Ancora 10-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out, joined winner inside final furlong, ran on, just held, 2nd of 8, shd behind Barton Bounty (9-2) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Valentine's Gift 25-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 4l behind Grammar (8-13) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Landesherr (GER) 16-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 19l behind True Pleasure (9-2) at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Rolen Sly 100-1 (8-3) Tracked leaders, weakened entering final 4f, 10th of 12, 44l behind Slide Show (8-3) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Grethel (IRE) 25-1 (7-9) Slowly away, in rear, weakened 3f out, last of 8, 21l behind Spavento (9-1) at Ayr 1m 1f fll hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.