Prolific course winner Shadowtime won here again last month but has subsequently been beaten by Kiwi Bay at Pontefract. Ready has a shout on his latest second over a mile at Redcar and Our Boy Jack was only beaten a head in soft going at Thirsk last time. Reposer, Jacbequick and Real Tigress are others with a shout but a speculative vote goes to top weight STORM KING, who has slipped down the handicap and showed signs of a resurgence at Doncaster on his latest start.
Storm King 20-1 (8-8) Pressed leader, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression final 100 yards, 6th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Morache Music (9-12) at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Kiwi Bay 4-1fav (9-11) Raced keenly, held up mid-division, headway and effort 2f out, soon ridden, every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 5th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Karaka Jack (9-2) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Shadowtime 11-1 (9-10) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on to take 2nd close home, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Kiwi Bay (9-6) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Earth Drummer (IRE) 13-2 (10-0) In touch, lost place over 2f out, 7th of 9, 13l behind Wilde Inspiration (9-0) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-90 (3) sft.
Ready (IRE) 25-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd 5f out, led over 1f out, ridden and hung left inside final furlong, headed close home, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Dual Mac (8-13) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Our Boy Jack (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, outpaced halfway, headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, headed well inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 9, hd behind Wilde Inspiration (9-0) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-90 (3) sft.
Reposer (IRE) 33-1 (9-8) Led, headed over 1f out, soon no extra lost 4th place towards finish, 5th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Shared Equity (9-4) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Big Storm Coming 9-1 (9-9) In rear, headway to lead 2f out, kept on well, won at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gs beating Mfiftythreedotcom (9-0) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Just Paul (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Behind, ridden over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 9, 1 1/2l behind Khelman (9-9) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Jacbequick 3-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, tracked leader early, tracked leading pair, pushed along halfway, ridden 3f out, soon hung left and raced awkwardly in well held 3rd from over 2f out, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 4, 8l behind Brown Eyed Honey (9-0) at Redcar 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Relight My Fire 20-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, led over 3f out, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 12l behind Wilde Inspiration (9-0) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-90 (3) sft.
Real Tigress (IRE) 3-1fav (9-9) Chased leaders, not clear run over 2f out, ridden to challenge approaching final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 1 3/4l behind Kyllachy Star (9-4) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Sakhalin Star (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Hampered start, keen headway to lead 5f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 6, 9l behind Twin Appeal (9-7) at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gs.