Smarty Socks continues to defy his age and the handicapper and ran another fine race at York three weeks ago behind Sirius Prospect. He is a leading player in this and one of the few that arrive in any kind of form. Snow Bay was well beaten at Thirsk after winning at Chester while Shebebi is tried in blinkers after disappointing when favourite on the Roodeye earlier this month. LAFFAN had a rough passage at Musselburgh last time and that run is best forgotten as he had looked on the way back at Newcastle earlier. He could finally end his losing run here, though Farlow was second over this trip last year and returned to form at Newmarket on Thursday.
Spiritual Star (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Prominent, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 9l behind Professor (9-1) at Salisbury 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Jun.
Pied A Terre (AUS) 28-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, hung left and well beaten over 2f out, last of 13, 14l behind Ashaadd (8-13) at Haydock 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Smarty Socks (IRE) 5-2fav (9-8) Held up in rear, smooth headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Sirius Prospect (9-12) at York 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Yair Hill (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Held up in rear, outpaced 2f out, soon ridden, never dangerous, last of 8, 10l behind Pacific Heights (9-3) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Chellalla (8-5) 8th of 12 Kadabra (8-13) at Capannelle(ITY) 7f fll hcp gd in May '12.
Shebebi (USA) 5-2fav (9-6) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 5l behind Tellovoi (8-10) at Chester 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Snow Bay 16-1 (9-6) Led until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 16, 14l behind Norse Blues (9-7) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Laffan (IRE) 9-1 (9-6) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Alejandro (9-0) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Farlow (IRE) 6-1 (9-10) Raced centre in touch, ridden over 2f out, hung left and ran on final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 10, nk behind Skytrain (8-13) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Lutine Bell 6-1 (9-13) Held up in rear, headway approaching final furlong, kept on well, never troubled leaders, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Short Squeeze (8-12) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Jamesbo's Girl 18-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 9, 14l behind Brazen (9-7) at Leicester 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.