Recent Ayr winner Klynch and Half A Billion would prefer testing ground while both of Ralphy's Boy's wins this season have come over 7f. Bunce remains 9lb higher than last month's victory at Ayr and Lothair usually struggles in this grade. RED PIKE (NAP) scored over today's trip at Haydock back in May and has run well over 7f in a couple of subsequent starts. Bryan Smart's charge looks capable of winning off his current mark so gets the vote.
Rasaman (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Held up, ridden over 2f out, well beaten over 1f out, last of 10, 11l behind Compton Park (9-13) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Red Pike (IRE) 15-8fav (9-6) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, weakened towards finish, 5th of 9, 1 1/2l behind Khelman (9-9) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Half A Billion (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Led, hung left over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 11, nk behind We'll Deal Again (8-10) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy.
Sunraider (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, always behind, last of 12, 20l behind Avon Breeze (9-8) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Klynch 9-1 (9-12) Tracked one rival stands side, led and overall leader 2f out, clear 1f out, easily, won at Ayr 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft beating Lady Ranger (8-4) by 5l, 11 ran.
Bunce (IRE) 25-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, effort when not clear run on stands side rail 1f out, ridden and ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Midnight Dynamo (9-0) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Ralphy Boy (IRE) 11-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 9, nk behind Khelman (9-9) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Unsinkable (IRE) 50-1 (9-5) Soon led, headed over 2f out, weakened quickly, eased, 8th of 10, 30l behind Awake My Soul (10-0) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Gabrial's Bounty (IRE) 14-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, never a factor, 7th of 9, 17l behind Repetition (10-0) at Chester 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Lothair (IRE) 11-1 (9-6) Close up, short of room over 2f out, ridden to chase winner 2f out until inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Poyle Vinnie (10-0) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Beautiful Stranger (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) In touch, effort towards centre 3f out, no impression final 2f, 5th of 8, 10l behind Ifwecan (9-6) at Musselburgh 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.