Restless Genius, Steelcut and Dig Deep make the shortlist here with RESTLESS GENIUS getting the vote. Steelcut scored at Thirsk in April, but has been out of form since. However, he showed signs of a return to his best form last time when a decent fourth in a fair handicap, and he can hit the frame. Dig Deep has not won for well over a year, but ran the best race in his winless run when not beaten far into fourth behind a course specialist at Pontefract recently. He too looks to be running into form and can go close. Restless Genius scored on the all-weather recently, and has turned in two fine recent efforts in competitive handicaps on his latest runs. He is consistent and Restless Genius can get reward for those near misses.
Obe Gold 12-1 (9-7) Jumped right at start and towards rear, ridden along halfway, never troubled leaders, 6th of 9, 8l behind Novellen Lad (8-13) at Catterick 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Steelcut 9-2 (9-10) In touch, one pace from over 1f out, 4th of 9, 4l behind Le Toreador (9-11) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Foxy Music 80-1 (9-3) Chased leaders far side group, outpaced halfway, last of 11, 14l behind Ialysos (9-3) at Haydock 5f Listed stks (1) gd in May.
The Nifty Fox 25-1 (9-7) Mid-division, effort halfway, no impression, 10th of 13, 6l behind Equuleus Pictor (9-7) at York 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Divine Spirit 33-1 (9-7) Behind, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on, 5th of 15, 3l behind Mr Wolf (9-2) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Dig Deep (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Dwelt, behind, headway over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, 4th of 15, 2 1/2l behind Mr Wolf (9-2) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Grudge 12-1 (9-4) Went left start, chased leaders, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 18, 6l behind Ingleby Star (8-8) at Redcar 5f hcap (5) gs in Sep.
Restless Genius (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 3l behind Blue Tomato (9-5) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 105 (3) gd.
Sir Nod 14-1 (9-4) Led, headed over 2f out, soon ridden and one pace, faded final furlong, 7th of 15, 7l behind Luminous Gold (9-1) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Loose Caboose (IRE) 9-2fav (10-0) Chased leaders, effort halfway, no impression, 10th of 13, 6l behind Only A Game (9-7) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-65 (6) fm.