A winner over hurdles this year, Hi Dancer went close over 2m here recently and could figure once again. However, SRIMENANTI is less exposed and having posted her best effort so far when second in testing ground at Hamilton last month, Brian Rothwell's filly looks set to open her account. Cadgers Brig can be given a chance on his third over today's trip at Redcar in August and Maslak has claims on the best of his form. Shirls Son Sam has shown a bit more of late and could also be thereabouts along with Drawback.
Maslak (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, hard ridden to challenge over 2f out, led over 1f out, soon headed, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 13, 6l behind Miss Ferney (8-9) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
Stormy Morning 8-1 (9-8) Mid-division, lost place over 4f out, kept on again final 2f, went modest 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 8l behind Marcus Antonius (10-0) at Folkestone 1m 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep.
Dubara Reef (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Led 3f, remained prominent, under pressure halfway, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 13, 13l behind Miss Ferney (8-9) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
Short Supply (USA) 12-1 (9-6) Led, headed 10f out, ridden and weakened well over 1f out, 12th of 16, 21l behind Puy D'Arnac (9-9) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Sep.
Kingaroo (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Led, headed 6f out, tracked leader, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 7l behind Maybe I Wont (9-2) at Nottingham 1m 2f app hcp (6) gf in Aug.
Hi Dancer 11-1 (9-3) Always prominent, led over 3f out, hard ridden over 1f out, headed post, 2nd of 12, hd behind Strikemaster (9-3) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Drawback (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Close 5th in chasing group, stayed on final 2f, went 3rd over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Maydream (8-6) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.
Srimenanti 22-1 (8-7) Led 2f, tracked leader, led over 2f out, hung right inside final furlong, soon headed, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Damascus Symphony (8-9) at Hamilton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Sep.
Friday Night Lad (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) In touch, lost place halfway, soon beaten, last of 11, 19l behind No Quarter (9-2) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
Cadgers Brig 9-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, led over 10f out, ridden 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon no chance with winner, weakened to 3rd close home, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Castlemorris King (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Hurricane Thomas (IRE) 20-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 15, 2l behind Dean Iarracht (10-3) at Beverley 1m 2f am hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Hammer 33-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 14, 24l behind Master Of Song (9-3) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (6) fbs.
Vittachi 50-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 8, 16l behind The Oil Magnate (9-13) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sep.
Follow The Sun (IRE) 40-1 (8-0) In rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, no impression, 8th of 16, 12l behind Soprano (8-11) at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Aug.
Shirls Son Sam 8-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway halfway, soon chasing leaders, ridden to lead over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Ad Value (8-7) at Catterick 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.