Kool Katie looked unlucky in running at Chester in a maiden last time, but the handicapper has been savage in reassessing her mark some 15lbs higher; we prefer GREY COMMAND whose best runs have come on a testing track. Mel Brittain's Daylami colt is now racing off a mark of 59 which is 10lb lower than his handicap mark a year ago. Although he is a maiden after 16 starts, this looks an easier race than he has been contesting and from his good draw he should run well. Miss Ferney chases the hat-trick this afternoon following wins at Redcar and Newcastle. Given her previous profile one would assume that the first selling win has boosted her confidence. Ancient Cross continues to run well in defeat and his mark doesn't look to be the factor that is holding him back, Blastie is open to lots of improvement as he steps up in trip on this handicap debut off a mark of 51, whilst Patavium knows where the winning line is but of late it has been on softer ground. Tivers Song has a pull in the weights with Miss Ferney for their Newcastle clash and tries a visor, the drop back in trip looks sure to suit fast-ground winner McCormack, whilst this is a drop in class and a step up in trip for Mesbaah. Not the easiest race to finish a card but we will speculate to accumulate with Grey Command.
Ancient Cross 5-1 (9-8) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, went 2nd near finish, 2nd of 15, 1l behind Union Jack Jackson (8-7) at Beverley 7f clm stks (5) gd.
Mesbaah (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) In touch, lost place over 2f out, 8th of 9, 10l behind Reel Buddy Star (9-5) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Astronomical (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Took keen hold in touch, pushed along 3f out, soon beaten, 11th of 15, 23l behind Recession Proof (10-10) at Pontefract 1m 2f am hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Kool Katie 40-1 (9-6) Tracked winner, pulled hard early, lost place well over 5f out, headway and not clear run over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 2nd of 6, hd behind Heritage Coast (9-6) at Chester 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) gf.
Grey Command (USA) 20-1 (9-0) Mid-division, outpaced over 4f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 6th of 11, 9l behind High Ambition (9-2) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Miss Ferney 15-2 (8-11) Held up towards rear, smooth headway over 2f out, quickened to lead inside final furlong, driven out, won at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-52 (6) gf beating Tivers Song (8-8) by 3/4l, 15 ran.
Boy Dancer (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Mid-division, lost place over 4f out, soon weakened, 13th of 14, 28l behind Oddsmaker (8-10) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Uace Mac 33-1 (10-10) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 14, 17l behind Realt Na Mara (10-10) at Carlisle 6f am hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Blastie 25-1 (9-9) Tracked leader, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 4th of 8, 12l behind Ordoney (9-9) at Redcar 7f mdn auc stks (5) gf.
Patavium (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Held up, headway well over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Harcas (9-8) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Tivers Song (USA) 4-1fav (8-8) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, not reached winner, 2nd of 15, 3/4l behind Miss Ferney (8-11) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-52 (6) gf.
Grethel (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Never better than mid-division, 6th of 14, 10l behind Oddsmaker (8-10) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
McCormack (IRE) 14-1 (8-3) Close up, ridden 3f out, one pace from over 1f out, 4th of 13, 9l behind Bijou Dan (9-5) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Super King 200-1 (9-0) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, steadied 6f out, ridden over 2f out, well beaten over 1f out, 7th of 11, 17l behind Tufton (9-6) at Redcar 1m 2f clm stks (6) gf in Jul.