Sinai, Layla's Hero and Rat Catcher were all below par on their latest starts and finished in something of a heap at Thirsk before that with the former coming out best. It's anybody's guess which one of those three will be in the mood today and recent Beverley runner-up Busy Bimbo has now gone 31 starts without win. A multiple winner on Polytrack, WINDFORPOWER has yet to win on Turf but landed a handicap at Kempton in February off a 14lb higher mark and he gets the speculative vote to come out best in this.
Layla's Hero (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Outpaced towards rear, ridden and headway on outside over 1f out, went 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 6l behind Pull The Pin (8-12) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Sinai (IRE) 9-2 (9-8) Slowly into stride, soon chasing leaders, pushed along halfway, switched right over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 7l behind Mandalay King (9-10) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Lord Buffhead 9-1 (10-1) Never better than mid-division, 7th of 13, 4l behind Foreign Rhythm (10-5) at Ayr 5f am hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Baybshambles (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Mid-division stand side, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 10l behind M J Woodward (8-12) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Lady Kildare (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Always behind, 13th of 16, 10l behind Bondi Beach Boy (9-6) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Rat Catcher (IRE) 13-2 (8-1) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 7l behind Deepest Blue (8-12) at Catterick 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Windforpower (IRE) 12-1 (8-2) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Deepest Blue (8-12) at Catterick 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Only For You 20-1 (8-1) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 10l behind Sedenoo (9-7) at Nottingham 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Jay Kay 33-1 (8-10) Led 1f, chased winner, ridden and lost 2nd 2f out, chased leaders, edged left and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 11l behind Dhhamaan (8-12) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.
Almaty Express 16-1 (9-2) In touch on inside, pushed along and outpaced over 2f out, ridden and beaten when hung left over 1f out, 10th of 12, 12l behind The Great Gabrial (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Busy Bimbo (IRE) 40-1 (8-10) In rear, switched left entering final 2f, headway entering final furlong, ridden and soon edged right, stayed on to go 2nd close home, not reach winner, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Choc'a'moca (9-10) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Rose of May (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 6th of 11, 6l behind Next Door (9-5) at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf.