LEIBA LEIBA easily sets the standard in this conditions race so is given the vote to land a hat-trick leaving Malpas Missile and Miss Mediator fighting for minor honours. After finding just the one too good in his first two starts the pick duly won a maiden in good style at Yarmouth before winning a similar race to this over course and distance when getting the better of The Thrill Is Gone last time out. A similar runs should be good enough to score again with this possibly easier. Malpas Missile ran well when held just over a length in the listed Hilary Needler Trophy on her last run. The form from that race has some strength to it and with that a third improved run on the trot she can progress again. Miss Mediator has shown ability in a couple of runs but will need to improve to take this while Scarlett Rocks probably has a bit to find based on her last couple of efforts. My Mate Al and Furiosa need to improve beyond all expectations to feature in this contest so the vote lands with the hat-trick hunting Leiba Leiba.
Leiba Leiba 13-8fav (9-2) Tracked leaders on inside, headway to challenge over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to lead narrowly inside final furlong, held on, won at Chester 5f 2yo nov stk (4) gf in Jun beating The Thrill Is Gone (8-11) by nk, 5 ran.
Scarlet Rocks (IRE) 10-3 (9-2) Went badly right start, keen soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 6, 2 1/4l behind Jollywood (9-0) at Bath 5f 2yo nov stk (4) gf in Jun.
Furiosa (IRE) 66-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, towards rear and outpaced, 8th of 12, 19l behind Excello (8-12) at Kempton 5f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jun.
Malpas Missile (IRE) 7-2fav (8-12) In touch, ridden and every chance over 1f out, soon hung left, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Geesala (8-12) at Beverley 5f 2yo fll Listed stks (1) gf in May.
Miss Mediator (USA) 11-8fav (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, switched right over 1f out, effort inside final furlong, ran on, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Alben Star (9-3) at Musselburgh 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jun.
My Mate Al 33-1 (8-4) Chased winner, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 12l behind Second Encore (8-8) at Nottingham 5f 2yo flls mdn auc stks (5) gf.