Blue Shoes has been knocking on the door while Star City has a chance at the weights and Chester Aristocrat appreciated the drop in distance at Haydock earlier this month and held off Duke Of Aricebeau in a driving finish. He's 4lb higher here, however, while Phoenix Clubs was put up a pound after finishing second over 5f at Beverley, though won't mind this soft ground. The going will be no problem either for COMMANCHE, who is dropped in class having finished fourth to Athenian at Ripon last month. They tend to come down the centre of the track here on easy ground so his high draw probably won't be too much of a disadvantage and Bryan Smart's gelding gets the vote.
Phoenix Clubs (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on to take 2nd close home, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Diamond Blue (9-8) at Beverley 5f fll hcp (5) gf.
Chester Aristocrat 7-1 (8-11) Prominent, led 2f out, ridden over 1f out, held on well, won at Haydock 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd beating Duke Of Aricabeau (9-7) by nk, 10 ran.
Commanche 8-1 (8-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, one pace 1f out, 4th of 10, 6l behind Athenian (9-1) at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Jul.
Star City (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Soon led, ridden and joined 2f out, kept slight advantge unti headed over 1f out, stayed well there until weakened final 100 yards, 5th of 9, 5l behind Mick Slates (8-2) at Thirsk 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Blue Shoes (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Led early, tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, held close home, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Celestial Dawn (9-1) at Hamilton 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Jack Barker 33-1 (9-3) Prominent and keen, ridden and every chance over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Ever Fortune (9-3) at Redcar 7f mdn auc stks (5) gf.
Rock Canyon (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Prominent, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 9, 8l behind Celestial Dawn (9-1) at Hamilton 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Findhornbay 12-1 (9-4) Chased leaders to over 2f out, weakened 1f out, last of 14, 12l behind Imperial Legend (8-10) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-55 (6) gf.
Lady Bentinck (IRE) 66-1 (8-5) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 10, 12l behind An Cat Dubh (9-3) at Chester 7f mdn stks (4) gd.
Brunswick Vale (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden halfway, kept on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Ypres (9-7) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Roll Of Thunder 18-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders, ridden inside final 2f, kept on same pace, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 12, 12l behind Hi There (9-0) at Musselburgh 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jun.
Dear Ben 33-1 (8-2) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 7l behind Chester Aristocrat (8-11) at Haydock 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd.