Michael Dods has his string in fair form now so Major Magpie has to be respected but Richard Guest's CROCODILE BAY was good value for his win at Hamilton earlier this month and he can defy the lenient 3lb rise for that success and gets the vote ahead of By Command and Saving Grace. Eric Alston's filly has been running to a consistent level of form since winning at Newcastle in April and she should be thereabouts again but may just be a shade high in the weights. Micky Hammond's Desert Hunter has found one too good over course and distance in each of his last two outings and should be involved at the business end once more off just a 1lb higher mark today. Ruth Carr's string in is good form now so Classic Descent has to be considered although a bigger threat may come from By Command at the top of the weights. Kevin Ryan's gelding disappointed at Beverley last time but he has solid claims on what he showed at Thirsk on his previous start and has claims but preference is for Hamilton winner Crocodile Bay.
Stonehaugh (IRE) 28-1 (8-5) In touch, pushed along over 3f out, not much room over 1f out, no impression, 6th of 8, 14l behind Northern Fling (8-8) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
By Command 6-1 (8-11) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, no headway, 7th of 13, 14l behind Shadowtime (9-0) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Cavendish Road (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Held up off the pace in 5th, pushed along 4f out, struggling over 2f out, 6th of 7, 13l behind Visions Of Johanna (8-10) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Major Magpie (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Keen held up in rear, ridden and headway 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 16, 7l behind West End Lad (8-7) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Ailsa Craig (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) In touch, progress to track leader over 5f out until over 1f out, 4th of 12, 6l behind Night Lily (9-1) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Hansomis (IRE) 3-1fav (9-9) Prominent, ridden and one pace final furlong, 6th of 9, 3l behind Silvanus (9-6) at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.
Guertino (IRE) 9-1 (8-9) Behind, ridden over 2f out, never near leaders, 6th of 10, 7l behind Gracie's Gift (9-5) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs.
Classic Descent 6-1 (8-4) Held up towards rear, headway on outer over 2f out, kept on, rider dropped whip inside final furlong (disqualified), in a race won by Polish World (7-11) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd, 12 ran.
Crocodile Bay (IRE) 9-2 (8-8) Tracked leader, led 1f out, soon ridden, kept on well, won at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Anthemion (8-2) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Saving Grace 9-1 (8-10) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Applaude (8-10) at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Desert Hunter (IRE) 3-1fav (8-8) Always prominent, led over 2f out, ridden well over 1f out, headed post, 2nd of 13, ns behind Chicamia (7-13) at Carlisle 1m app hcp (6) gf in May.
Call Of Duty (IRE) 16-1 (8-5) Led, ridden over 2f out, driven and headed close home, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Finsbury (8-13) at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May.