It's been a while since anyone has got a decent tune out of The Human League but he's eased down the weights and has his ground so can't be dismissed out of hand but more obvious claims are held by Clerical and Witchry and Billberry who finished first and second in the greys' race at Newmarket. There's little to choose between the last pair on their running at headquarters whilst soft ground is an unknown for Clerical and it may just be worth taking a chance with SIMPLE RHYTHM who handles the ground, is fairly treated and continues to perform with credit. Others to note include Avonvalley and Bouggie Daize and market support for either runner would be encouraging.
Bouggie Daize 6-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, behind, effort towards far side over 2f out, ridden and no impression over 1f out, 5th of 12, 7l behind Feeling Fresh (9-10) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Simple Rhythm 6-1 (8-5) Prominent, ridden and every chance from over 1f out until entering final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Rash Judgement (9-11) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Mata Hari Blue 8-1 (9-1) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Catterick 6f mdn stks (5) gf beating Engulf (9-3) by nk, 6 ran.
Spiritofthewest (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, one pace when not much room approaching 1f out, soon weakened, 14th of 16, 13l behind Smarty Socks (10-0) at York 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Avonvalley 2-1 (9-0) Fly jumped start, held up intouch in rear, ridden over 2f out, effort to pressed winner entering final 2f, no extra and lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 5, 4l behind Denton Ryal (8-5) at Yarmouth 1m 3yo sll (6) gd.
Witchry 5-1 (7-12) Chased leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, driven out, held on, won at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft beating Billberry (7-12) by hd, 9 ran.
Billberry 6-1 (7-12) Held up in rear, took keen hold, switched left and headway over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 9, hd behind Witchry (7-12) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
The Human League 4-1 (9-0) Held up last, ridden and no impression when hung left 2f out, went modest 4th final furlong, 4th of 5, 6l behind Spanish Acclaim (9-7) at Brighton 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Clerical (USA) 5-4fav (9-0) Chased leaders, hard ridden to lead approaching final furlong, edged left, kept on well under pressure, all out, won at Redcar 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fm in Jul beating Micky Mac (9-4) by nk, 10 ran.
Avow (USA) 33-1 (8-2) Behind, ridden halfway, soon under pressure and beaten, last of 7, 8l behind Hairspray (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Joss Stick 50-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, switched left 2f out, soon ridden, weakend inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 8l behind Anjomarba (8-9) at Lingfield 6f sell stks (6) gs.
Calabaza 66-1 (8-2) Hampered start, behind, struggling halfway, never on terms, 7th of 8, 13l behind Rio Royale (9-3) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Chill Out Charley 66-1 (9-3) Close up, weakened quickly over 3f out, last of 8, 26l behind Dubai Media (8-12) at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) gf.