NORTHERN FLYER struck top form around this time last year and looks ready to score again judged on his short-head second to Ted's Brother at Doncaster. He had earlier been a couple of lengths behind Istiqdaam at Newcastle and Mick Easterby's charge is a threat as is Ellies Image, who bounced back to form in style at Doncaster for which she has been handed a 7lb rise. Chookie Avon attracted support at Hamilton but found 6f too short and gained the only success of his career over this trip from just 1lb lower.
Striker Torres (IRE) 20-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, driven over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression final furlong, 8th of 14, 7l behind Istiqdaam (9-0) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Istiqdaam 6-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway 2f out, stayed on to lead inside final furlong, ridden and held on towards finish, won at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd beating Present Danger (9-3) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Ghost (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, under pressure over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 6l behind Roninski (8-8) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Dubai Celebration 20-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 5l behind Istiqdaam (9-0) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Born To Be Achamp (BRZ) 12-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 10l behind Night Trade (9-5) at Catterick 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Viking Dancer 5-1 (9-3) Mid-division centre, outpaced 3f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 9l behind Bidable (9-3) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Northern Flyer (GER) 5-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, led well over 1f out, soon ridden, headed inside final furlong, ran on, just held, 2nd of 10, shd behind Ted's Brother (9-1) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Schoolboy Champ 4-1 (9-10) Towards rear, under pressure 3f out, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 10, 6l behind Whats For Pudding (8-6) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Chookie Avon 5-1fav (10-8) Raced towards stands side, outpaced over 3f out, hung right over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 12, 6l behind Ryedane (10-4) at Hamilton 6f am hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Ellies Image 12-1 (8-7) Held up, headway over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd beating Dhhamaan (9-12) by 3l, 9 ran.
Maharanee (USA) 16-1 (9-0) Raced keenly, tracked leader, lost place over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 13, 19l behind La Bacouetteuse (8-13) at Newcastle 1m 2f app hcp 0-60 (6) gd.