DOLPHIN ROCK lost a bit of ground midway through the race over track and trip last time. But he stayed on strongly in the closing stages to beat today's rival Stellar Express with Knowe Head further behind. Brian Ellison's charge looks to have every chance of following-up raised only 3lb. The handicapper has been less lenient with Livia's Dream as she's been upped 6lb for finishing second at Haydock and that could put the brakes on her while El Bravo also found one too good in an amateurs race at Pontefract last time with Jordaura back in fifth. He'll find this tougher while Reset City has been trying hard to overcome a 9lb hike for an earlier win at Beverley but hasn't quite managed it yet.
Dolphin Rock 7-2fav (8-12) Tracked leader, driven to challenge over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May beating Stellar Express (8-11) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Livia's Dream (IRE) 7-1 (9-9) Led after 2f, ridden clear with winner over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Tuscan Fun (8-6) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Ewell Place (IRE) 3-1 (9-5) With leader, challenged over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Green Park (8-12) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Stellar Express (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Went left start, soon rousted along to chase leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden over 1f out, pressed leaders inside final furlong, weakened towards finish, 4th of 9, 2 1/2l behind It's My Time (8-7) at Chester 1m flls hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Reset City 7-1 (9-3) Towards rear, headway 2f out, ridden and stayed on to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Argaki (7-11) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Knowe Head (NZ) 50-1 (9-0) Towards rear, some headway over 1f out, never dangerous, 12th of 19, 10l behind Christmas Light (9-2) at York 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
King Of Paradise (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Pulled hard soon clear, ridden over 2f out, headed just inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Circle Of Angels (8-13) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
El Bravo 8-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, not much room and squeezed through inside final furlong, stayed on to 2nd towards finish, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Tapis Libre (10-3) at Pontefract 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Jordaura 22-1 (9-10) Held up in last pair, headway towards inside over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Tapis Libre (10-3) at Pontefract 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Royal Sea (IRE) 11-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, rioden 2f out, one pace and no impression, 7th of 13, 8l behind King Kurt (9-12) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.