After victories here and at Musselburgh, Whats For Pudding got going too late at Newcastle last week and could find this ground too quick. Emeralds Spirit is consistent enough but doesn't win very often, while Meandmyshadow does best in sellers and claimers. Foreign Rhythm has never won beyond 6f and Viking Warrior has run a couple of poor races since scoring over this trip at Thirsk in June. MONSIEUR PONTAVEN won on fast ground at Ayr last year and has been running well enough in softer conditions recently to suggest he can gain his second career victory in conditions that should suit.
Ghost (IRE) 14-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden inside final 2f, head high under pressure and keeping on same pace when hampered on rails and eased inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 9l behind Istiqdaam (9-11) at Carlisle 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Foreign Rhythm (IRE) 12-1 (8-6) Towards rear, outpaced 3f out, ridden over 2f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, kept on towards finish, not reached leaders, 4th of 9, 3/4l behind Toby Tyler (9-5) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Lindoro 9-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, driven to challenge over 3f out, every chance over 2f out, soon lost place, eased final furlong, 12th of 14, 26l behind Glenridding (9-11) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-80 (4) hvy in Aug.
Emeralds Spirit (IRE) 6-1fav (8-12) Tracked leading pair, lost place over 2f out, soon ridden, rallied inside final furlong, no impression, 4th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Just The Tonic (8-13) at Musselburgh 1m hcp (4) gd.
Viking Warrior (IRE) 6-1 (9-12) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 7l behind Dhhamaan (9-10) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jul.
Meandmyshadow 8-1 (9-6) Led 1f, chased winner until 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Circuitous (9-0) at Carlisle 6f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.
Viking Dancer 25-1 (9-8) Behind, effort over 2f out, never dangerous, 10th of 15, 16l behind Chookie Avon (9-5) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Chambers (IRE) 9-1 (8-7) Mid-division, weakened over 1f out, last of 14, 23l behind Last Sovereign (9-12) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Wandering Lad 25-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden and headway 2f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Gazboolou (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
Whats For Pudding (IRE) 10-3fav (8-10) Towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, no impression, 7th of 15, 8l behind Chookie Avon (9-5) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Monsieur Pontaven 12-1 (9-0) Dwelt, mid-division, ridden to lead approaching 2f out, hard ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 15, 2 1/4l behind Chookie Avon (9-5) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Micky Mac (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Song Of Parkes (9-7) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Elegant Dancer (IRE) 100-1 (8-2) Mid-division, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 22l behind Without Prejudice (9-5) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Crocodile Bay (IRE) 50-1 (8-10) Chased leaders in 3rd, not much room and hampered over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 15, 12l behind Chookie Avon (9-5) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-60 (6) sft.