LEXINGTON BLUE has something to prove back over a mile but today's opposition is so modest he may just get away with it. David O'Meara's charge has won his last two starts over 7f and this looks no tougher than his latest win in a higher grade handicap at Beverley. Look On By and Blue Clumber will do well to reverse running with the selection while Birdy Boy, Rocket Ronnie and Silver Fawn look thoroughly exposed. Sakhees Romance and the handicap debutants Multilicious and Tinctoria could prove bigger threats.
Tinctoria 11-1 (8-9) Towards rear, pushed along over 5f out, weakened over 4f out, tailed off over 3f out, 10th of 11, 41l behind Cranach (10-0) at Redcar 1m 2f mdn auc stks (5) gf in May.
Lexington Blue 8-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, dropped to mid-division over 5f out, headway under pressure 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong to lead final stride, won at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Polish Crown (9-5) by nk, 13 ran.
Star Request 11-2 (9-0) Always towards rear, 9th of 15, 11l behind Alexandrakollontai (8-9) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in May.
Birdy Boy (USA) 15-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden and quickly weakened over 3f out, soon eased, 9th of 10, well behind Rutherglen (9-7) at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in May.
El Molino Blanco 100-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 11, 7l behind Emperatriz (8-12) at Newcastle 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Aug.
Rocket Ronnie (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) In rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 6l behind Clock On Tom (8-12) at Beverley 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Multilicious 9-1 (8-7) Held up, headway 3f out, ridden over 2f out, outpaced by leaders over 1f out, stayed on final 100 yards, no impression, 5th of 10, 6l behind Drahem (9-0) at Redcar 7f fll mdn stks (5) gs in May.
Riponian 16-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, driven over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 10, 26l behind The Codger (9-4) at Redcar 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.
Look On By 16-1 (8-3) Held up behind, one pace when not much room inside final 2f, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, never near leaders, 7th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Lexington Blue (8-9) at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Sakhees Romance 15-2 (8-4) Reard badly leaving stalls, behind, headway over 2f out, plugged on final 2f, 5th of 8, 6l behind Silkelly (9-7) at Musselburgh 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Blue Clumber 33-1 (8-5) Mid-division, chased leaders on inside over 4f out, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression final furlong, 6th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Lexington Blue (8-9) at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Denton Skyline (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced from over 2f out, not much room briefly inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 15l behind Alcaeus (9-4) at Redcar 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May.
Silver Fawn (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Mid-division, not much room on inside over 8f out, pushed along 4f out, weakened inside final 3f, last of 11, 19l behind Tajheez (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in May.
Isle Of Beauty 33-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, 22l behind Cranach (10-0) at Redcar 1m 2f mdn auc stks (5) gf in May.
Betty Boo (IRE) 66-1 (8-0) Tracked leaders 4f, 10th of 16, 11l behind Darkside (9-1) at Redcar 7f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May.