A few of these went close on their latest outings. Wadacre Sarko was beaten less than a length at Carlisle last week and Ashan Fajer went within a head of scoring at Salisbury last time. Halfwaytocootehill made the frame here last month while ATTANSKY found only one too good when beaten a short-head over course and distance on his latest start with Niknad back in sixth. Tim Easterby's charge looks likely to make another bold bid today and is preferred to the less exposed handicap debutants Tallaay and Jebulani.
Wadacre Sarko 9-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed narrowly entering final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 8, 3/4l behind Chant (9-4) at Carlisle 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Alshan Fajer 7-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, went 2nd 7f out, led entering final 3f, ridden and headed over 1f out, chased winner and rallying when bumped final 100 yards, held final strides, 2nd of 14, hd behind Getaway Car (9-2) at Salisbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in May.
Causeway Foot (USA) 12-1 (9-5) Keen tracked winner, ridden when short of room over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 6l behind Ofcoursewecan (9-7) at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Sunblazer (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Dwelt, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, chased winner last 100 yards, no impression, 5th of 9, 16l behind Alcaeus (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Attansky (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, reminders over 7f out and over 4f out, challenged 3f out, led over 2f out, edged left inside final furlong, headed well inside final furlong, rallied, just held near finish, 2nd of 11, shd behind Bain's Pass (9-4) at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Precision Strike 14-1 (9-2) Behind, headway over 1f out, stayed on well, never nearer, 4th of 14, 10l behind War Lord (9-4) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.
Niknad 7-2fav (9-0) Held up mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 3l behind Bain's Pass (9-4) at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Halfwaytocootehill (IRE) 5-1 (8-8) In touch, headway 3f out, led 2f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, kept on until headed and no extra in 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 16, 2 1/2l behind Man From Seville (9-1) at Redcar 1m 6f 3yo mdn hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May.
Hurricane John (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Raced wide close up, hampered over 10f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 11, 12l behind Flamingo Beat (9-7) at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.
Tallaay (IRE) 22-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, under pressure over 3f out soon lost place, eased over 1f out, last of 8, 8l behind Unmoothaj (8-10) at Leicester 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Apr.
Jebulani 16-1 (9-3) Slow into stride, headway to lead over 7f out, ridden and headed over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 13l behind Magika (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Duchess Of Dreams 25-1 (8-8) Held up towards rear, headway when not much room over 2f out, soon switched right, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 4l behind Tagalaka (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in May.