Yahrab was winning on the Flat for the first time since 2008 when scoring in soft ground at Thirsk last time. This looks easier if he handles the faster going. He had April's C&D winner Light The City behind at Thirsk and the latter looks to be struggling off his current mark but Lakeman went close at Southwell last time and could be thereabouts along with recent Doncaster third Zaplamation. O MA LAD posted a better effort when lowered into this grade at Newbury a week ago and the handicapper has given him a chance dropping him 4lb for finishing second. Sylvester Kirk's charge can go one better here.
Yahrab (IRE) 28-1 (8-8) Mid-division in touch on inside, headway to challenge over 2f out, led over 1f out, soon ridden and hard pressed, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, just held on, won at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) sft beating Lordofthehouse (9-5) by hd, 12 ran.
Dynamic Drive (IRE) 22-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 10th of 13, 14l behind Record Breaker (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
The Oil Magnate 6-1 (9-0) Keen in rear, headway 2f out, went 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Sphinx (8-13) at Ayr 1m 7f hcp (4) hvy in Oct.
O Ma Lad (IRE) 11-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, every chance over 3f out, chased leading pair over 2f out, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Lady Rosamunde (9-4) at Newbury 1m 4f app hcp (5) gs.
Newport Arch 4-1fav (9-3) Mid-division, weakened over 4f out, last of 11, well behind Lifetime (9-2) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Apr.
King's Counsel (IRE) 6-1 (10-0) Led, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 14, 10l behind Fossgate (9-9) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Light The City (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Tracked leader, led well over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Yahrab (8-8) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
Lakeman (IRE) 5-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders and keen, led over 3f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Resplendent Alpha (8-5) at Southwell 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Ad Value (IRE) 7-2fav (9-2) Mid-division, headway on outer 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened and eased final furlong, 8th of 12, 30l behind La Bacouetteuse (9-2) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Zaplamation (IRE) 6-1 (9-13) Held up mid-division, headway over 4f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 16, 1 1/4l behind Arizona John (10-10) at Doncaster 1m 4f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd in Apr.
Raleigh Quay (IRE) 40-1 (8-9) Bumped start, always towards rear, well beaten final 2f, 11th of 12, 30l behind War Poet (9-10) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Pertuis (IRE) 9-1 (8-11) Held up in touch on inside, not much room 7f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Tapis Libre (8-13) at Pontefract 1m 2f app hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Apr.
Spiders Star 14-1 (9-2) Pushed along towards rear, pushed along over 4f out, soon weakened, eased over 1f out, 10th of 12, dis behind Descaro (9-9) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Comical 16-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort 2f out to over 1f out, gradually weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 11, 6l behind Repeater (9-7) at Ripon 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Isolde's Return 200-1 (8-12) Tracked leader until 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 19l behind Commitment (9-3) at Pontefract 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) hvy.