This trip on quick ground are the optimum conditions for SONG OF PARKES and he's a tentative choice in a tricky finale. He should be spot-on after a couple of runs this term and is just preferred to Red Cape, solid and genuine and hailing from the in-form Ruth Carr team. Stevie Gee only landed a claimer last time and is badly drawn but Steelcut, busy throughout the winter, should get in the shake-up and Boundaries isn't without a chance but would need things drop his way. Meandmyshadow could be the pick of the remainder though would also need luck in-running from stall 10.
Ballinargh Girl (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Behind on outside, weakened over 2f out, 14th of 15, 33l behind Fazza (9-2) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Stevie Gee (IRE) 9-4fav (8-6) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, stayed on gamely, won at Kempton 6f clm stks 0-75 (6) pol in Jan beating Desert Strike (8-13) by 1l, 7 ran.
Boundaries 13-2 (9-7) Awkward start, tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Mandalay King (9-4) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Apr.
Red Cape (FR) 9-2 (9-3) Pressed winner, ridden and every chance when bumped over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Lesley's Choice (9-6) at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (6) pol.
Blown It (USA) 11-2 (8-8) Towards rear, not much room entering final furlong, never able to challenge, 7th of 8, 5l behind Mayoman (8-13) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Apr.
Song Of Parkes 12-1 (9-4) Chased leaders on stands rail, effort over 2f out to 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 10l behind Secret City (8-10) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Steelcut 12-1 (8-10) Tracked leading pair, ridden 2f out, effort to challenge inside final furlong, not quicken near finish, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Lesley's Choice (9-6) at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (6) pol.
Meandmyshadow 9-1 (9-6) Raced stand side, chased leaders, effort when hung right over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 14, 6l behind Bosun Breese (9-2) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Lucky Dan (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway on inside over 1f out, no impression on leaders, no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 6l behind Jungle Bay (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Stilettoesinthemud (IRE) 22-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 9l behind Michael's Nook (8-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Methaaly (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Behind, outpaced 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 13, 6l behind Bilash (9-5) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.