KEEP IT DARK won a more strongly contested sprint than this at Redcar earlier in the week. He's taken to defy a penalty in his current form while confirming running with Bronze Beau in the process. The latter won this in 2011 but Rock On Candy also fell prey to the selection over track and trip earlier this month. Rural Celebration finished well ahead of previous winner Lorimer's Lot when second at Beverley last time but the remainder are struggling to find their best with Cornockle looking on a more advantageous mark than Ambitious Icarus.
Keep It Dark 7-1 (9-0) Made all, raced wide of pack, shaken up when challenged inside final furlong, just held on, won at Redcar 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs beating Avon Breeze (9-1) by ns, 9 ran.
Bronze Beau 7-1 (8-10) Prominent, under pressure over 2f out, hung left and weakened approaching final furlong, 6th of 9, 6l behind Keep It Dark (9-0) at Redcar 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Bosun Breese 33-1 (9-1) Raced far side, reared badly leaving stalls, outpaced, last of 18, 17l behind Lastchancelucas (8-11) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Ambitious Icarus 20-1 (9-1) Always towards rear, effort over 1f out, never dangerous, 10th of 15, 6l behind Tumblewind (9-3) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Tango Sky (IRE) 9-1 (9-1) Dwelt, in rear, soon detached and eased after halfway, last of 7, 22l behind Indego Blues (8-11) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Sep.
Corncockle 25-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 5l behind Another Wise Kid (9-11) at Redcar 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Rock On Candy 10-1 (9-4) Led to halfway, ridden over 1f out, weakened last 50 yards, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Keep It Dark (9-2) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Blue Bullet (IRE) 33-1 (8-7) Behind, ridden over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 9th of 15, 6l behind Tumblewind (9-3) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Rural Celebration 8-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Money Team (9-5) at Beverley 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Lorimer's Lot (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Towards rear, ridden inside final furlong, never dangerous, 14th of 15, 10l behind Money Team (9-5) at Beverley 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.