Another poor contest and though Goodness is likely to be fancied a record of two places from 13 starts hardly inspires confidence in the top weight. Coax was beaten a head by Politbureau at Newcastle last month so a big run from the winner in the first division will point to his chances but it's the veteran EIJAAZ who is given the nod. Geoff Harker's charge has won no less than seven times on this track on all kinds of going and though most have been at a lowly level this isn't much better than a seller. Dimashq has also won her fair share of moderate contests but like Operateur she's been badly out of form.
Goodness 9-1 (9-2) Tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, lost 2nd place well over 1f out, no impression, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Watts Up Son (8-13) at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jun.
Coax 14-1 (10-0) Tracked leader until ridden over 4f out, outpaced over 3f out, last of 11, well behind Sula Two (10-13) at Ripon 1m 4f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Jun.
Eijaaz (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Held up, good headway 2f out, effort 1f out, ridden and found little, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Elizabeth Coffee (9-7) at Redcar 1m 2f Claiming Stakes (0-75) (3yo+) (6) sft in Jun.
Aggravation 50-1 (8-10) Held up in touch in 4th, weakened over 3f out, last of 11, 32l behind Watts Up Son (8-13) at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jun.
Gulf Coast 12-1 (9-3) Held up mid-division, effort over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 7, 9l behind Cat O' Nine Tails (8-13) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug '10.
Operateur (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 30l behind Tarantella Lady (9-7) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Jun.
Mainland (USA) 80-1 (9-7) Towards rear, weakened over 3f out, 11th of 14, well behind Illustration (8-11) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct.
Erycina (IRE) 66-1 (8-8) Always in rear, ridden along from 9f out, 10th of 11, 27l behind Gosforth Park (9-4) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
Dimashq 20-1 (8-13) Mid-division, chased leaders over 3f out to over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 12, 14l behind Talk Of Saafend (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m 4f ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jun.
Zoom In 50-1 (9-9) Towards rear, soon pushed along, switched right over 1f out, never dangerous, 10th of 14, 15l behind Hab Reeh (10-0) at Redcar 6f Amateur Maiden Handicap (0-65) (4yo+) (6) gf in Jun.