DESCARO can get off the mark ahead of Country Road, Silly Gilly and Hurricane Thomas. Our pick hasn't been with this yard for long and is very nicely handicapped on last year's Irish form. Add that to the fact he ran his best race of the year when second at Pontefract and is unpenalised here, and the case for Kelly Harrison's mount is strong. Ronnie Barr won this last year so Silly Gilly is respected having bumped into a well-handicapped rival at Ripon. That was her first try over this trip and she got it well enough, although this is a stiffer examination. Country Road is an unexposed maiden who took third in a similar contest here on his most recent outing under this rider. Off the same mark it's hard to see him not featuring in this average contest. Hurricane Thomas is held by Mick Easterby's horse on the form of that race having taken fifth but he is a course and distance winner and there wasn't much between the pair at the death, so on the same terms there shouldn't be this time either. Mississippian returns to the trip that saw him make a winning debut for Aidan O'Brien back in 2007 but he's regressed since and couldn't be supported with any degree of confidence while Tres Froide is slipping in the weights and will receive assistance from the saddle, but Descaro looks poised to get off the mark at last.
Country Road (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, hung left and headed inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Kyle Of Bute (9-13) at Beverley 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Descaro (USA) 8-1 (9-11) Mid-division, headway on inside over 2f out, soon went 3rd, stayed on to take 2nd inside final furlong, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Avitus (9-7) at Pontefract 1m 2f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Hurricane Thomas (IRE) 17-2 (9-6) In touch, staying on when carried left and not much room inside final furlong, switched right, kept on, 5th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Kyle Of Bute (9-13) at Beverley 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Silly Gilly (IRE) 15-2 (8-13) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, stayed on well inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 7l behind Explorator (9-10) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Catbells (IRE) 16-1 (8-4) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 6, 7l behind Snoqualmie Star (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2f fll hcp (5) gf.
Mississippian (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) In touch, effort 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 15, 1 1/2l behind Rascal In The Mix (8-12) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Jun.
Tres Froide (FR) 8-1 (10-2) In touch on outside, effort on outside 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 7, 11l behind Aragall (10-7) at Nottingham 1m 2f Ladies Handicap (0-60) (3yo+) (6) gf.
Sacco D'oro 33-1 (8-8) Raced keenly, with leader, lost place 4f out, weakened 2f out, 8th of 10, 26l behind King Zeal (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 2f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.
Mojeerr 7-1 (8-8) Held up towards rear, headway on outer over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 6l behind Provost (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jun.
Parchment (IRE) 33-1 (8-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 6th of 12, 6l behind Daytime Dreamer (9-10) at Catterick 1m 4f app hcp (6) gs.