SWIFT CEDAR hasn't been far away in two recent visits to the Roodee and if he can stay the extra distance, he should have too much class for these rivals. Ocean Applause has placed regularly in recent months and Joe Doyle gets another chance to ride before his claim reduces to 5lb. Skytrain is best watched at present while previous course and distance winner, Topamichi may need a little more give underfoot to be seen at his best. Gabrial The Terror was unable to follow up his victory in a weak event at Brighton while Spanish Plume has raced predominantly on Polytrack of late though the six-year-old ran on well to be second at Beverley last month and has solid place claims.
Skytrain 8-1 (9-3) Pressed winner, lost place 4f out, soon beaten, weakened inside final 2f, 8th of 9, 36l behind San Cassiano (9-7) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Topamichi 50-1 (9-1) Slowly away, in rear, effort on inner over 1f out, never dangerous, 10th of 17, 10l behind Ansaab (9-7) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Swift Cedar (IRE) 15-8fav (9-6) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 8, hd behind Ralphy Boy (9-3) at Chester 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun.
Al Mukhdam 10-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, led over 5f out, headed over 2f out, soon rallied, every chance inside final furlong, no extra close home, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Border Bandit (9-1) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Ocean Applause 4-1 (9-1) Held up in last trio, steady headway over 3f out, chased leading pair 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never quite going pace to challenge, 3rd of 8, 3/4l behind Jakey (10-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Spanish Plume 8-1 (9-1) In rear, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on well towards finish, just held, 2nd of 8, hd behind Thecornishcowboy (9-0) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Gabrial The Terror (IRE) 7-4fav (9-7) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind April Ciel (9-7) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
The Firm (IRE) 11-4fav (9-4) Raced keenly, led, ridden inside final furlong, headed final 100 yards, lost 2nd final strides, 4th of 8, 3l behind Bennelong (8-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jun.
Gabrial The Thug (FR) 9-1 (9-0) Mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 13th of 14, well behind Woodacre (8-12) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.