Richard Fahey won this a year ago and the once-raced Ellastina showed potential at Redcar but Paul Hanagan has been released to ride SURFER for Godolphin and his mount looks the best option after showing decent form in similar events. Ahmed Ajtebi, who has ridden him in two of those races, is on board the stable's newcomer Rebel Song and the son of Refuse To Bend is one to keep an eye on as is Mark Johnston's Authorized colt Ashwaat, who is out of a 1m2f Listed winner. Byron Blue looked in need of a stiffer test when placed at Thirsk and should get it here.
Ardmay (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 15, 7l behind Mr Spiggott (9-3) at Newcastle 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft.
Ashwaat Authorized colt out of Asawer.
Bells Of Berlin 14-1 (9-3) Slowly away, always towards rear, never dangerous, last of 15, 38l behind Perennial (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 2yo mdn (3) gd.
Byron Blue (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ran on, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Unex Michelangelo (9-3) at Thirsk 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd.
Eastlands Lad (IRE) 100-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, outpaced and always well behind, 15th of 16, well behind Vital Gold (8-13) at Pontefract 6f 2yo mdn aut (4) gf in Jul.
Firefly 100-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, always behind, last of 10, 16l behind Zakreet (9-3) at Newcastle 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Aug.
Nelson's Bay 40-1 (9-3) In rear, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 5th of 7, 9l behind Tidentime (9-3) at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug.
Rebel Song (IRE) Refuse To Bend colt out of Dubai Opera.
Surfer (USA) 5-2 (9-3) Held up in touch, headway on inside over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, every chance over 1f out, soon one pace, 3rd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Farraaj (9-3) at Warwick 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Aug.
Ellastina (IRE) 18-1 (8-12) Behind, not clear run 2f out, ridden 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 7th of 14, 8l behind Deepsand (9-3) at Redcar 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) sft in Aug.