CASTLES IN THE AIR gets the nod; Tiger Dream and Misphire are others worthy of consideration. The last named has a bit to find with the selection on a literal reading of their encounter at York a fortnight ago. However, the Michael Dodds-trained mare will appreciate today's extra furlong and she is no forlorn hope as she bids to reverse the form. Tiger Dream is a consistent type and is versatile regarding the ground. Admittedly he has never won over seven furlongs, so there are chinks in the armour. But he does have several near misses to his name and he can ensure this is a good test whatever happens. However, Castles In The Air will also appreciate today's extra demands on his stamina and, as he has already brushed aside the challenges of few of these; he is expected to prove his superiority today.
The Galloping Shoe 15-2 (9-6) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, kept on, 9th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Memphis Man (8-13) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Shotley Mac 33-1 (9-10) With leaders, weakened final furlong, 7th of 19, 7l behind Dancing Maite (9-6) at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Castles In The Air 9-4fav (9-3) Mid-division, one pace final furlong, 6th of 19, 6l behind Dancing Maite (9-6) at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Misphire 33-1 (9-9) Dwelt, behind, some headway 2f out, never troubled leaders, 12th of 19, 11l behind Dancing Maite (9-6) at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Oh So Saucy 13-2fav (9-1) In touch, travelling well on inside behind leaders over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 16, 11l behind Woodcote Place (9-3) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Without Prejudice (USA) 8-1 (8-5) Mid-division, effort over 2f out, no impression, 9th of 12, 11l behind Oceana Blue (8-9) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Tiger Dream 5-2fav (8-10) Tracked leaders, driven and headway on inside over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, edged right, headed and no extra well inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Marvo (8-9) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Xpres Maite 13-2 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, one pace and no impression final furlong, 5th of 7, 6l behind Aussie Blue (8-2) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
He's A Humbug (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) Mid-division, effort over 2f out to over 1f out, ridden and weakened final furlong, 8th of 14, 9l behind Golden Penny (9-0) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in May.
Capone (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Dwelt, held up, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 11, 24l behind Avontuur (8-9) at Ayr 6f hcap (5) hvy in Oct.
Oskari 14-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride and always rear division, 13th of 14, 11l behind Salerosa (8-8) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.