Gran Maestro is a winner without a penalty after coming good in an apprentice's race over track and trip last week. He returned an easy winner but is facing much stiffer competition today, as are Rock Song and Apache Glory having both finished runner-up on their latest outings. In contrast, ANOTHER FOR JOE moves in the opposite direction having been beaten the narrowest of margins in a higher grade handicap at Ayr a week ago. Racing off the same mark today, Jim Goldie's charge is preferred to top weight Moccasin and gets the vote.
Moccasin (FR) 20-1 (8-13) Dwelt, towards rear, headway 2f out, not much room over 1f out, kept on to take 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Garde Cotiere (9-7) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Super Say (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd 5f out, ridden and carried slightly left when lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Guising (8-13) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Las Verglas Star (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace final 2f, no impression, 6th of 11, 9l behind Clon Brulee (9-1) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in May.
Satanic Beat (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 11l behind Clon Brulee (9-4) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May.
Dubawi Phantom 25-1 (9-4) Held up, headway entering final 3f, ridden and every chance 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Icebuster (9-7) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Apr.
Another For Joe 17-2 (8-6) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, driven and stayed on to go 2nd final strides, 2nd of 8, ns behind Awake My Soul (9-6) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Apache Glory (USA) 4-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, pushed along 3f out, switched outside and headway over 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, stayed on to chase winner final 100 yards, always held, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Christmas Light (9-2) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Queen's Estate (GER) 11-1 (8-10) Prominent, short of room just inside 2f out, soon beaten, 10th of 12, 14l behind Flying Power (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
San Cassiano (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Soon led, headed over 2f out, weakened quickly, 7th of 10, 14l behind Swinging Sultan (9-5) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Now My Sun 5-1 (8-12) Held up, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden and no impression over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 11l behind Hanseatic (9-7) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Rock Song 9-2 (9-7) Held up, headway over 2f out, led 1f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Sehnsucht (9-2) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Gran Maestro (USA) 4-1 (9-11) Tracked leading pair, led well over 1f out, ridden clear inside final furlong, won at Haydock 1m 2f app hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Market Puzzle (8-7) by 5l, 9 ran.