A competitive renewal for the gentleman amateur riders' big day out with BARWICK the choice in an open contest. There are no stamina issues surrounding the Lady Herries inmate, who still looks on an acceptable mark and a recent Brighton win suggests he'll be okay at this venue too. Nave is another who likes it round here and continues to perform consistently well whilst Hyperlink was always in control for today's pilot when landing a lesser contest of this type last time at Catterick and is one to note, as is Jakey, two from three around here for his local yard. Sky Khan is another who brings consistent credentials to the table but may just be more effective at a shorter trip, whilst Echo Brava keeps threatening to notch a handicap or two and shouldn't be ruled out.
Jakey (IRE) 3-1 (10-0) Steady start, held up in rear, steady headway on inside over 2f out, hanging left on camber from well over 1f out, strong run and squeezed through inside final furlong, stayed on to lead close home, won at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul beating Lilac Tree (9-12) by nk, 8 ran.
Sky Khan 11-2 (9-11) Tracked leaders, effort 2f out, soon challenged, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, kept on, held towards finish, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Dance King (9-7) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Barwick 10-1 (9-4) Steadied start, took keen hold and soon in mid-division, headway tracking leaders 3f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Laser Blazer (9-2) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Echo Brava 10-1 (9-6) Took keen hold tracking leaders, ridden and went 2nd over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on same pace, lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Barwick (9-4) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Jebril (FR) 2-1fav (9-4) Soon tracking leader, led approaching final 4f, chased winner, ridden and no impression over 1f out, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Jacob Cats (9-7) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Nave (USA) 2-1fav (10-0) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd towards finish, no threat to winner, 2nd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Mustamir (8-13) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Hyperlink (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Led after 2f, made rest, clear over 2f out, comfortable, won at Catterick 1m 4f am hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul beating Merchant Of Medici (10-13) by 5l, 14 ran.
Lady Of Yue 40-1 (8-9) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 23l behind Connecticut (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Taste The Wine (IRE) 7-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, challenged over 3f out, led over 2f out, soon pressed and ridden, kept on and caught post, 2nd of 7, hd behind Soundbyte (9-11) at Nottingham 1m 6f am hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Glennten 9-2 (9-7) Raced wide close up, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Menelik (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.