An open contest where the tentative selection is FLYING SILKS, with Shadowtime and By Command among those with claims. Tracy Waggot's Shadowtime was allowed to dominate and went close to winning at Thirsk a couple of starts ago, but when having to drop in back there last time he was well beaten. He does not have a bad draw here and if Andrew Mullen can get him prominent then he would have every chance. By Command has the ability for this and represents a yard going very well, though he would want the rains to come to have his best chance. Ninth House has a wide draw to contend with but is well handicapped if he can cope with that, while Nuit Sombre does get a good draw and is very well in on his best form, though he has been on the slide for some time and is hard to trust. Flying Silks is unproven on the ground, but that aside he looks perhaps the one with most scope for improvement in this field, he sees out this trip well, and with the yard coming good he can build on his pipe opener and win today.
Postman 8-1 (8-13) Lead narrowly, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 7l behind Harriet's Girl (8-11) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
By Command 18-1 (9-0) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Night Lily (9-1) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Shadowtime 85-40fav (8-11) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 10l behind Night Lily (9-1) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Flying Silks (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Raced wide in touch, went 3rd over 4f out, ridden to chase leader and every chance over 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Bernix (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Nuit Sombre (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, under pressure over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 12, 5l behind Nufoudh (8-11) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Apr.
Ninth House (USA) 25-1 (8-0) Held up towards rear, never a factor, 5th of 18, 8l behind Come And Go (9-4) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Tanforan 33-1 (8-1) Held up towards rear, never dangerous, 14th of 18, 13l behind Come And Go (9-4) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Provost 9-1 (9-6) Behind, ridden to chase leaders over 2f out, stayed on same pace, no impression, 6th of 9, 6l behind Zaplamation (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Apr.
Northern Flyer (GER) 16-1 (8-0) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, one pace, 6th of 11, 7l behind Dabbers Ridge (8-11) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Green Passion (USA) 16-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, under pressure 2f out, soon one pace, 6th of 10, 15l behind Arashi (8-8) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Coole Dodger (IRE) 13-2 (8-5) Dwelt, soon led, 15l clear after 3f, headed over 3f out, weakened and eased over 2f out, last of 9, 39l behind Spruzzo (8-2) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
One Scoop Or Two 28-1 (8-2) Soon led, headed well over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Four Kicks (8-5) at Nottingham 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Polish World (USA) 25-1 (8-4) Led, ridden and headed well over 1f out, chased winner until over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Quiet Mountain (8-10) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.