DARK SPIRIT had no luck in-running when hampered by the eventual winner in the closing stages at Beverley last week. She still finished runner-up with Fimias and Diamond City behind and can go one better over this longer trip. Valantino Oyster won a similar event at Ripon in June with Drop The Hammer behind and Frameit scored earlier this year on the Polytrack. Both carry a penalty for those victories and a bigger threat could come from last summer's Pontefract maiden winner Rhyton having only his fourth start on the Flat.
Frameit (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 8l behind Kavaloti (9-7) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.
Valantino Oyster (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Dwelt, always in rear, 7th of 9, 13l behind Prince Rhyddarch (8-7) at Hamilton 1m 3f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Jun.
Rhyton (IRE) 11-1 (9-7) Towards rear, outpaced over 3f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to go a never nearer 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Light The City (8-9) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jul.
Drop The Hammer 8-1 (8-2) Led 1f, tracked leader, led again 4f out, ridden over 2f out, headed towards finish and lost 3 places, 4th of 11, 1/2l behind Tillietudlem (8-9) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Diamond City (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Led, ran wide after stable bend and headed, chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 10, 17l behind Barnum (8-13) at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo sll hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Fimias (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, every chance over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 5l behind Barnum (8-13) at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo sll hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Dark Spirit (IRE) 4-1fav (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, staying on and every chance when not much room entering final furlong, kept on and no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Barnum (8-13) at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo sll hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.