Zalzilah had his limitations exposed when stepped up to this grade at Thirsk having landed a couple of low grade handicaps before that. Lilo Lil has also won twice in lesser company and was well beaten at this track previous to those victories but Weisse Socken won her maiden over course and distance last month and makes more appeal than Dodger Marley. Blithe Spirit was beaten a couple of lengths in a tougher race here on her penultimate start and may finish closer but BUSHCRAFT looks up to landing a hat-trick having won with plenty in hand at Sandown last time and gets the vote.
Bushcraft (IRE) Evensfav (9-7) Made all, challenged well over 1f out, driven clear, easily, won at Sandown 5f 2yo hcp (5) gf in Jul beating Sefaat (9-0) by 2 1/2l, 4 ran.
Zalzilah 5-1 (9-7) Chased leader, ridden to challenge over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 6l behind Fast Track (9-2) at Thirsk 5f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Blithe Spirit 4-1 (8-7) Led until over 1f out, rallying when carried left inside final furlong, weakened close home, 4th of 5, 3l behind Fast Track (9-2) at Thirsk 5f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Weisse Socken (IRE) 11-4 (9-4) Took keen hold tracking leaders, not clear run over 1f out, soon switched right, ran on inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Umneyati (9-3) at Brighton 5f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Dodger Marley (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Led, edged left under pressure inside final 2f, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened into 5th inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 8l behind Trading Profit (9-5) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Lilo Lil 5-2fav (9-7) Always prominent, ridden to lead entering final furlong, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Anfield (8-12) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.