HIGHLAND WARRIOR bids for a hat-trick and is taken to land it at the expense of Bahamian Ballet and Select Committee. The selection has landed back to back victories at York and Doncaster within the space of a week and is brought out quickly once again with a penalty. He has been well placed by his trainer Paul Midgley who had made multiple entries to benefit his lenient handicap rating. He still looks well treated on his old form and another old bid is expected. Bahamian Ballet showed signs of a come back to form when catching the eye at Salisbury last time out when second to Misaro. He has slipped down the ratings in the past twelve months and is ten pounds well in on is best form of two years ago so any market moves should be noted. Select Committee has been running well in defeat of late and is rarely out of the first three. He was not far behind Feeling Foxy at Doncaster last time out and is once again respected running of the same mark. However Highland Warrior is the real form horse in the race and the hat-trick can be achieved.
Sir Nod 7-4fav (9-11) Tracked leaders, not much room over 1f out, soon ridden, one pace, 4th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Argentine (9-12) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Highland Warrior 5-2fav (11-7) Slowly into stride, behind, headway over 2f out, led 1f out, stayed on well, won at Doncaster 5f am hcp 0-65 (6) gs beating Rocket Ruby (10-8) by 3l, 15 ran.
Divine Spirit 5-1 (9-12) Behind, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 7th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Feelin Foxy (9-8) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Bahamian Ballet 9-2fav (8-12) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, stayed on well to go 2nd final furlong, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Misaro (9-0) at Salisbury 5f (4) gd in Jun.
Requisite 4-1fav (9-13) In touch, ridden 2f out, not quicken and weakened quickly over 1f out, 10th of 12, 12l behind Brandywell Boy (9-2) at Newbury 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Green Park (IRE) 33-1 (8-8) Mid-division, pushed along halfway, soon beaten, last of 17, 20l behind Striking Spirit (9-11) at York 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Avertuoso 14-1 (9-8) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 13l behind Red Cape (9-7) at Catterick 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Prince Namid 9-1 (9-5) Led main group until over 2f, weakened well over 1f out, 10th of 11, 23l behind C'mon You Irons (9-7) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Commander Wish 16-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, kept on from over 1f out, never on terms, 7th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Baybshambles (8-11) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Revue Princess (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) Raced towards centre, with leaders, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 6l behind Doric Lady (9-6) at Doncaster 5f (4) gf.
Select Committee 7-2fav (8-9) Led early, with leaders, ridden every chance inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Feelin Foxy (9-8) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Lake Chini (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Highland Warrior (11-7) at Doncaster 5f am hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Strathmore (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) In rear and outpaced, headway on inner when not much room over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 1 3/4l behind Greek Secret (8-11) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.