Legal Eagle has been in good form without finding a win so far this term and Westwood made an impressive seasonal return but ETON RIFLES looks to be the better bet. The four-year-old gelding was second to the highly progressive Arganil in a Hamilton maiden in September before cruising clear at Catterick later that month. He took a fierce hold on his handicap debut last time when returning from 237 days off but did incredibly well to go close. He should be more relaxed this time and should have little trouble winning off this mark. Legal Eagle has been runner up at the last three attempts since returning to action back in March. The Dandy Nicholls trained gelding looks capable of going one better before too long and should be the selections toughest competitor here. Westwood was a winner when last seen on his seasonal debut. The high draw may be of benefit to the gelding but he looked to have won on merit last time so a place in among the minors looks in the offing. Harlech Castle was third at Goodwood earlier this month and should be sharper for the run, but he is a little inconsistent. Tudor Prince was a winner last time and has the benefit of the high draw here but his profile suggests he may find it hard to follow up so we will stick with Eton Rifles.
Legal Eagle (IRE) 9-2 (8-8) Led, ridden 2f out, headed final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Machinist (9-4) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Eton Rifles (IRE) 9-4fav (8-8) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 3rd of 10, hd behind The Osteopath (9-2) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Harlech Castle 9-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, close up, ridden and outpaced halfway, switched left to rail driven and strong run inside final furlong, finished well, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Caprio (9-1) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Kyle (IRE) 11-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened 1f out, 5th of 8, 8l behind Figaro Flyer (8-5) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in Apr.
Stanley Goodspeed 18-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden along and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Methaaly (8-13) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Memphis Man 28-1 (8-7) Always behind, 6th of 10, 16l behind The Osteopath (9-2) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Street Power (USA) 9-4 (8-12) Steadied start, keen, held up in touch, effort when hung left 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Earlsmedic (9-4) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Ingleby Arch (USA) 18-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden along and headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 5th of 16, 3l behind Methaaly (8-13) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
John Keats 18-1 (8-8) Always behind, 11th of 13, 11l behind Roker Park (9-1) at Musselburgh 5f hcap (4) sft in Nov.
Westwood 10-1 (8-5) Tracked leader, raced in centre, ridden 2f out, edging left and led well inside final furlong, won at Windsor 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr beating Superduper (9-4) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Charles Darwin (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 8th of 13, 7l behind Peter Island (8-12) at Leicester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Makshoof (IRE) 4-1 (9-8) Slowly into stride, behind until ridden and kept on final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 17, 4l behind Stonecrabstomorrow (9-3) at Redcar 6f clm stks (6) fm.
Atlantic Beach 9-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, driven to challenge and every chance approaching final furlong, stayed on same pace, 4th of 12, 4l behind Elijah Pepper (8-1) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Royal Envoy (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders on outside, ridden and effort over 1f out, soon one pace and lost 3rd final strides, 4th of 15, 1 3/4l behind What Katie Did (8-8) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Tudor Prince (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) won at Kempton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr beating Onceaponatime (9-4) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Prince Namid 9-2fav (8-7) Towards rear and soon driven along, soon beaten, eased well over 1f out, last of 12, 28l behind Hotham (8-12) at Ayr 5f hcap (4) hvy in Sep.
Steel Blue 50-1 (8-1) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 10l behind Excusez Moi (9-4) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.