Shadowtime had Desert Romance back in third at Pontefract last week and should go well despite a penalty. A bigger worry for him is if the ground turns slow which wouldn't do recent Thirsk winner Sardanapalus any favours either. Rex Romanorum won in soft going in July though he's 6lb higher today and has been well beaten since but Save The Bees is not without a chance off his current mark. Course specialist Eeny Mac has won three times at the track this season and can figure if allowed an easy lead but a punt is taken on the lightly-raced SWIFT ENCOUNTER, well beaten on his recent comeback but a maiden winner in soft ground over C&D last year.
Shadowtime 15-2 (8-12) Prominent, not much room over 1f out, bumped then squeezed through, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Fastnet Storm (9-4) by 2 1/4l, 13 ran.
Snow Bay 13-2 (9-2) Led, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 16l behind Forgive (8-13) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Desert Romance (IRE) 5-2fav (9-6) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Shadowtime (8-12) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Sardanapalus 8-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden to challenge over 2f out, edged badly left over 1f out, then soon edged right, driven and edged left again inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Thirsk 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd beating See Clearly (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Rex Romanorum (IRE) 25-1 (9-9) Mid-division, weakend over 1f out, 14th of 17, 18l behind Talent Scout (8-13) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Save The Bees 7-1 (11-0) Mid-division far side group, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 16, 10l behind Patriotic (11-0) at Doncaster 1m stks 0-70 (5) gd.
Space War 14-1 (9-1) Behind, some late headway, never on terms, 8th of 11, 9l behind Star Links (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug.
Fame Again 4-1 (9-9) Made all, ridden over 1f out, edged slightly right inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol beating Green Mitas (8-13) by 1l, 11 ran.
I Confess 16-1 (8-12) Behind, headway on inside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 12, 4l behind Majuro (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Fairlie Dinkum 66-1 (9-10) Pressed leader, led after 1f, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened and edged right over 1f out, last of 8, 23l behind Oddysey (8-13) at Haydock 1m flls hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Muftarres (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear far side group, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, one pace, 8th of 16, 10l behind Patriotic (11-0) at Doncaster 1m stks 0-70 (5) gd.
L'astre De Choisir (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) In touch, lost place over 3f out, last of 11, 14l behind Dolphin Rock (8-13) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Striker Torres (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, hard ridden inside final furlong, not able to trouble leaders, 4th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Copperwood (9-9) at Chester 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Just The Tonic 40-1 (8-13) Chased leaders in 3rd, went 2nd over 3f out, lost 4th inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 5l behind Multi Bene (9-4) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Swift Encounter (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) In rear, stumbled over 4f out, ridden and struggling from over 4f out, 6th of 7, 12l behind Boots And Spurs (9-4) at Carlisle 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) hvy.
Eeny Mac (IRE) 15-2 (9-4) Led, headed 3f out, soon pushed along, ridden 2f out, weakened soon after, 10th of 17, 8l behind Broctune Papa Gio (9-7) at Redcar 7f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd.