Little winning form to assess although that would not be the case had David Nolan not dropped his hands on PETROL on the gelding's penultimate start at Ripon. He was subsequently backed into favouritism at Thirsk but rarely threatened and a first-time visor is now applied. He's given another chance to gain a deserved success. Slide Show was runner-up in that Thirsk contest, her best run since joining the Nicholls team from Colin Teague. The Galileo mare also showed promise when trained by David Wachman in Ireland and is worth short-list inclusion. Ailsa Craig hasn't won since August 2011 but is running consistently well this term and a recent length third to the progressive Size affords her a decent chance now. Royal Sea also has place claims.
Jeer (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Led early, chased winner until ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 6th of 8, 22l behind Renegotiate (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Royal Sea (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, headway over 8f out, soon chased leaders, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 4th of 7, 7l behind Man Of Plenty (9-7) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Jun.
Ailsa Craig (IRE) 11-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Size (8-11) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Petrol 3-1fav (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 12l behind Medieval Bishop (8-7) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Apolskapart (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, no extra from early straight, last of 14, 14l behind Ancient Sands (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol in Oct '11.
Brunello 9-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, hung right throughout, led over 6f out, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 11, 11l behind Maska Pony (8-6) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Eijaaz (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, 9th of 14, 28l behind Medieval Bishop (8-7) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Light The City (IRE) 18-1 (8-13) Led 4f, tracked leader, led again over 2f out, headed over 1f out, ridden and no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 7l behind Spiekeroog (9-7) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Tropical Duke (IRE) 66-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 10, 6l behind Yorksters Prince (8-11) at Redcar 1m 2f Claiming Stakes (0-75) (3yo+) (6) gf in Jun.
Heart of Dubai (USA) 14-1 (8-0) Held up towards rear, headway on outer over 4f out, went 3rd over 2f out, one pace, 5th of 7, 6l behind Petella (8-6) at Doncaster 1m 7f app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Slide Show 16-1 (8-7) Held up mid-division and keen, headway over 3f out, led 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Medieval Bishop (8-7) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Cowslip 40-1 (8-1) Behind, under pressure 6f out, soon beaten, 11th of 12, 18l behind Miss Macnamara (8-13) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Rolen Sly 66-1 (8-4) Always behind, 9th of 12, 32l behind Spiekeroog (9-7) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Freddie Bolt 100-1 (9-7) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 21l behind A Star In My Eye (8-9) at Hamilton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) gf in Jun.