The Johnston yard have picked up the last two renewals and Zanouska will likely make another bold bid having won here in May. But ITSNOWCATO is less exposed and ran well behind Insaany at Newmarket on last month's seasonal and handicap debut. Ed Walker's colt is preferred to Incurs Four Faults, upped in class off a higher mark after winning at Carlisle. The handicapper looks to have caught up with Operateur and Northside Prince makes more appeal than Ted's Brother over middle-distances.
Northside Prince (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Mid-division, driven and headway over 4f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on well, never reached winner, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Meetings Man (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Ted's Brother (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway on outside 2f out, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, stayed on to lead narrowly final stride, won at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Simply Shining (9-8) by nk, 11 ran.
Never Forever 7-1 (9-0) Led after 1f, joined over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, still every chance inside final furlong, not quicken near finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Hold The Line (10-0) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Operateur (IRE) 6-5fav (9-4) Soon led, took keen hold, ridden and headed 3f out, outpaced over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Eilean Mor (8-1) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Woodstock (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Keen tracked leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 10l behind Gold Chain (8-6) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Itsnowcato 9-1 (8-10) Came centre straight over 8f out, held up, ridden and headway 2f out, stayed on to go 2nd post, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Insaany (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Zanouska (USA) 8-1 (9-6) Led, headed approaching final 3f, chased winner, well held and no chance with winner final 2f, clear 2nd, 2nd of 5, 9l behind Sellingallthetime (8-8) at Southwell 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Jun.
Incurs Four Faults 7-1 (8-8) Made all, ridden and ran on, won at Carlisle 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun beating Vosne Romanee (9-3) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.