An ultra competitive affair which is a codex to decipher. Gold Rules was disappointing at Newmarket last time and Spoken, who is looking for a hat-trick, have both won weaker races this year but may find the opposition too stiff for them today. Paul Hanagan is back on board Gritstone who was unlucky not to win here last time after struggling to find a clear run. Pallantes Cross ran in a Listed race in Germany last year and is respected for the frame places with Don't Call Me also included in calculations coming here in such good form looking for a four-timer. PSYCHIC ABILITY receives the nomination marginally ahead of Aattash. The pick beat Dandino as a juvenile and shouldn't be phased by the stiff finish at Beverley, although if the ground becomes any softer this may play against him. Aattash has been in impressive form but there is a concern over stamina for this race with the uphill finish at the course. Therefore Psychic Ability just gets the vote.
Pallantes Cross 8-1 (9-6) Keen tracked leaders, ridden and switched right 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd near finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 2 3/4l behind King Of Reason (8-10) at Ffos Las 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Aattash (IRE) 4-1fav (9-5) Made all, ridden 3 lengths clear entering final furlong, ran on, won at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd beating Qanoon (9-4) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
Psychic Ability (USA) 4-1 (9-8) In touch, led over 2f out, soon ridden and joined, headed approaching 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Spanish Duke (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Spoken 9-4fav (9-1) Made all, shaken up over 1f out, soon clear, comfortably, won at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul beating Bahamian Music (8-6) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Averroes (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Mid-division, lost place over 3f out, headway under pressure 2f out, ridden and stayed on to chase leaders final furlong, 4th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Roxy Flyer (8-11) at Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.
Don't Call Me (IRE) 9-1 (8-6) Towards rear, outpaced 3f out, switched left over 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong to lead final 50 yards, kept on, won at Ascot 1m 3yo hcp (2) gd in Jul beating King Of Windsor (8-7) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Gold Rules 10-1 (8-8) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never near leaders, 11th of 19, 8l behind Circumvent (9-7) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jul.
Take It To The Max 14-1 (8-4) Mid-division, ridden 4f out, soon behind, 14th of 15, 34l behind Hot Prospect (9-1) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) sft.
Lucky Windmill 12-1 (9-0) Led 6f out, ridden clear over 1f out, ran on, won at Pontefract 1m mdn stks (4) gd beating Sunbow (9-0) by 8l, 11 ran.
Bonfire Knight 4-1 (8-2) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, never reached winner, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Tepmokea (9-4) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jul.
Gritstone 13-8fav (8-9) Keen early, tracked leaders, headway on inside 2f out, effort when not clear run entering final furlong, squeezed through between horses to challenge towards finish, just failed, 3rd of 13, nk behind Bencoolen (9-7) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Medicinal Compound 7-2 (9-7) Dwelt, in rear, ridden over 2f out, switched left over 1f out, ran on final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 7, nk behind Tukitinyasok (8-12) at Ripon 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Hear The Roar (IRE) 15-8fav (8-11) Hampered start, tracked leaders, lost place over 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 8, nk behind King's Colour (9-11) at Epsom Downs 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Syrian 11-4fav (9-7) Towards rear, smooth headway on outer over 2f out, led on bit entering final 2f, shaken up and soon clear entering final furlong, comfortably, won at Lingfield 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol beating Stef And Stelio (9-7) by 7l, 12 ran.
Granite Girl 15-8fav (9-6) Dwelt, held up in touch, ridden to chase leader 2f, led inside final furlong, caught post, 2nd of 8, hd behind Wood Fair (7-12) at Yarmouth 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Layla's Dancer 5-2fav (9-4) Chased leaders, challenged over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra when not much room and eased towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Joseph Lister (9-5) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.