Gadobout Dancer hacked up at Newcastle and gets to run off a pound lower mark here so is the obvious starting point, but that race was as bad as they come and she's untried on the ground. With that in mind we'll look towards the other end of the weights and QUEEN'S SCHOLAR, a horse whose best efforts have all coincided with ground no quicker than good. That sequence includes a course and distance second two starts back and she's only a pound higher now. Forks is interesting on his handicap bow as his conqueror last time has shown form that'd make this rating of 65 look fair, North Central's latest second came in a weak affair and the form has been let down while Verluga put a bad run behind her when narrowly beaten into fifth at Newcastle but she's unproven on ground, while it also remains to be seen whether the blinkers work once more.
Queen's Scholar (USA) 11-4fav (8-13) Led, edged right and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Beaumont's Party (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Forks 10-1 (9-3) Led, hung right and headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Mata Keranjang (9-3) at Thirsk 1m mdn stks (4) gf in Jul.
North Central (USA) 9-2 (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Miami Gator (8-13) at Hamilton 1m Classified Claiming Stakes (0-65) (3-4yo) (6) gd in Jul.
Verluga (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Went left start, held up in mid division, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not pace to reach leaders, 5th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Tukitinyasok (9-3) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Key Breeze 20-1 (8-12) Keen, in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 3l behind High Resolution (9-0) at Hamilton 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Jul.
Zamid (FR) 33-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, behind, detached halfway, soon beaten, last of 10, 9l behind Tabiet (8-12) at Doncaster 5f mdn stks (5) gf in Jun.
Acol 33-1 (7-12) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 3 1/2l behind High Resolution (9-0) at Hamilton 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Jul.
Lord's Seat 25-1 (8-5) Held up mid-division, headway when not much room on inside over 1f out, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 6l behind Miami Gator (8-13) at Hamilton 1m Classified Claiming Stakes (0-65) (3-4yo) (6) gd in Jul.
Gadobout Dancer 16-1 (8-0) Made virtually all, ridden and in command final furlong, stayed on well, won at Newcastle 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) gf beating Navajo Joe (9-3) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.