Secret City returned an easy winner at Ayr last time but has been raised 7lb. LA HAVRESE is less exposed and makes more appeal after scoring over course and distance. She gets the vote, despite a penalty, with Smart Alec also expected to make another bold bid after going very close at Musselburgh a fortnight ago. Mitchum is another to consider having placed in a seller at Redcar while Benidorm and Slingby also made the frame in plating races on their latest starts.
Secret City (IRE) 7-2 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead inside final 2f, stayed on well final furlong, won at Ayr 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul beating Blue Sonic (9-1) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
La Havrese (FR) 5-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, held on well, won at Catterick 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf beating Mount Cheiron (8-4) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Gaelic Wizard (IRE) 11-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Imperator Augustus (10-0) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
The Blue Banana (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) In touch, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 12, 15l behind Sky Crossing (10-2) at Redcar 1m am hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Mitchell 11-4 (9-3) In touch, ridden 3f out, not trouble leaders, 5th of 6, 12l behind Jonnie Skull (9-5) at Yarmouth 7f app hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Mitchum 14-1 (9-2) In touch, lost place over 2f out, stayed on approaching final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Mitchell (9-4) at Redcar 7f sell stks (6) gs in May.
Ad Vitam (IRE) 22-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, outpaced over 1f out, held for 3rd place close home, last of 4, 10l behind Classic Colori (8-8) at Doncaster 1m clm stks (5) gf in Jul.
Street Boss (IRE) 11-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 13, 10l behind La Havrese (9-3) at Catterick 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Smart Alec (IRE) 10-1 (8-1) Midfield, headway under pressure over 2f out, led inside final furlong, headed last strides, kept on, 2nd of 8, nk behind Strong Man (9-10) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Moss Hill 33-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden halfway, soon weakened, last of 12, 42l behind See Clearly (9-3) at Southwell 7f hcp (6) fbs.
Viking Warrior (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway on rail over 2f out, chasing leaders when hampered approaching final furlong, not clear run and eased final 120 yards, finished on the bridle, 4th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Clapperboard (9-4) at Brighton 7f sell hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Thrust Control (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Prominent, ridden halfway, chased winner over 2f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 12, 3 1/2l behind See Clearly (9-3) at Southwell 7f hcp (6) fbs.
Miss Rebero 33-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, ridden over 3f out, well behind final 2f, 7th of 9, 20l behind Clumber Place (10-0) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Benidorm 5-1 (8-10) Held up on outside, headway 5f out, hung left and led 2f out, headed over 1f out, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind No Quarter (9-10) at Thirsk 1m sell hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Slingsby 33-1 (8-7) Took keen hold tracking leaders, headway into 2nd over 2f out, wandered under pressure over 1f out, hung left in behind winner inside final final furlong, not run on, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Rough Courte (8-7) at Redcar 1m 3yo clm (6) gs.