Course specialist EIJAAZ won this race last year and was scoring for the sixth time at this track when beating today's rival Hel's Angel over C&D last month. The latter is slightly better off here but her front-running style leaves her vulnerable to Geoff Harker's late finisher and he can confirm superiority and go in again. It'll be a surprise if any of the others get into this on today's terms though Royal Jet is not badly treated if retaining his ability after a two year absence. Unex Goya won over a shorter trip at Yarmouth in June and makes most appeal of the remainder.
Locum 6-1 (9-3) Held up, headway over 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 10l behind Royal Premier (8-13) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Hel's Angel (IRE) 5-4fav (9-9) Led, driven 3f out, soon ridden and hard pressed, kept on until edged slightly right and headed near finish, no extra, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Eijaaz (9-8) at Catterick 1m 4f clm stks (6) gd in Jul.
Eijaaz (IRE) 5-2 (9-8) Mid-division, headway 3f out, hung left over 1f out, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, stayed on to lead when edged slightly left near finish, won at Catterick 1m 4f clm stks (6) gd in Jul beating Hel's Angel (9-9) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Lakeman (IRE) 28-1 (10-1) Close up, ridden and weakened 2f out, 14th of 16, 13l behind Key Breeze (10-0) at Beverley 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Relative Strength (IRE) 13-2 (9-10) In touch, tracked leader after 3f, lost place over 3f out, soon outpaced, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 24l behind Eijaaz (9-8) at Catterick 1m 4f clm stks (6) gd in Jul.
Harsh But Fair 12-1 (8-4) Mid-division, headway 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 11l behind Neptune Equester (9-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f mdn hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul.
Royal Jet 15-8fav (9-1) Slowly into stride, soon in touch, headway to chase leaders 5f out, challenged 3f out, soon every chance and weakened well over 1f out, 7th of 9, 11l behind Terminate (9-10) at Lingfield 1m 4f sell stks (6) pol in Jun '09.
Unex Goya (IRE) 9-1 (8-4) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 13l behind Doctor Zhivago (9-10) at Redcar 1m 2f clm stks (6) gs in Jul.