CAT O'NINE TAILS showed her best form of the season so far when just failing to catch Jewelled Dagger over a slightly shorter trip at Ayr last week. Mark Johnston's filly can race off the same mark here and looks capable of adding to last year's three victories. Union Island has a poor strike rate but has claims on his third at Hamilton last month, while Descaro has done all his winning over longer trips and it was a marathon 2m2f that Dark Ranger won over at York in May. Dubara Reef won five times last year but remains in need of some respite from the handicapper.
Union Island (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Never better than mid-division, 8th of 16, 7l behind Lady Chaparral (9-10) at Carlisle 1m 3f ladies hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.
Descaro (USA) 9-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway on inside over 2f out, soon chased leading pair, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Colour Vision (8-7) at Chester 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Cat O' Nine Tails 5-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway 3f out, chased winner 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 8, hd behind Jewelled Dagger (9-0) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Dark Ranger 11-1 (8-2) Took keen hold, held up in 6th, headway to 4th 10f out, driven and weakened well over 2f out, tailed off, 7th of 8, 42l behind Captain John Nixon (9-4) at Kempton 2m hcp (0-90) (3) pol in Jun.
Dubara Reef (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Mid-division, pushed along and reminder halfway, lost place 5f out, soon behind, last of 9, 47l behind Colour Vision (8-7) at Chester 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.