HAAJES and Hamoody have similar profiles in that both know how to win, are now into the veteran stage and mix contesting handicaps with claiming and selling company. The former gets the nod on this occasion as he looks the more reliable of the pair on Turf whereas Hamoody does most of his winning on artificial surfaces nowadays. Course and distance scorer Red Cape has the ability to play a leading role here if producing his best but dropped away tamely at Ripon last week and Mercers Row is just as interesting at the weights.
Haajes 7-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Bronze Beau (9-11) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Hamoody (USA) 20-1 (9-7) Dwelt, mid-division, pushed along and kept on inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 5l behind Just Like Heaven (8-4) at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Distant Sun (USA) 20-1 (8-13) Led early, prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 10l behind Red Baron (9-2) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Mercers Row 4-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, no impression, 4th of 12, 4l behind Red Baron (9-2) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Red Cape (FR) 14-1 (8-12) Led, ridden and headed inside final 2f, gradually weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 7l behind Last Sovereign (9-0) at Ripon 6f clm stks (5) gf.
Rock Canyon (IRE) 12-1 (10-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 11l behind Hab Reeh (9-13) at Hamilton 6f am hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Princess Cayan (IRE) 66-1 (7-10) Slowly away, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 10, 17l behind Sand Boy (9-1) at Ayr 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf.