Capaill Liath is creeping back up the weights but has been running well lately. However, he's probably better over 7f whereas SHAMAAL NIBRAS appears just as effective over this longer trip. Richard Hannon's recent Salisbury winner was runner-up to the useful Trade Commissioner over a mile at the same track in June and can race off the same mark here. Atlantic Sport is starting to look well handicapped and shouldn't be far away but Osteopathic Remedy may have a few pounds too much at present and Toto Skyllachy has been struggling to get his head in front lately. Neither Justonefortheroad nor Weapon Of Choice can be ignored but have disappointed a little this year.
Osteopathic Remedy (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, came stand side over 3f out, headway under pressure over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, never near leaders, 8th of 13, 8l behind No Poppy (8-10) at York 1m hcp 0-100 (2) hvy.
Capaill Liath (IRE) 4-1fav (9-5) Mid-division, headway under pressure over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Kingscroft (8-9) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Shamaal Nibras (USA) 11-4 (9-0) Close up in last place, headway over 1f out, edged left and joined leader inside final furlong, battled out finish, won on the nod, won at Salisbury 7f cond Stakes (3) hvy beating Gregorian (9-3) by shd, 4 ran.
Justonefortheroad 22-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, headway over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to get involved, 6th of 12, 6l behind Benzanno (8-4) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-95 (3) hvy.
Weapon Of Choice (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Close up on inner, ridden 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 14th of 16, 16l behind Shavansky (8-6) at Kempton 1m hcp (2) pol in Sep.
Atlantic Sport (USA) 16-1 (9-0) Raced near side, held up, headway 2f out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, no chance with leaders far side, 10th of 26, 4 1/2l behind Jack Dexter (8-13) at Ascot 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo+) (2) sft.
Toto Skyllachy 10-1 (8-13) Chased leading pair, ridden over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, pressed for 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 3rd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Benzanno (8-4) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-95 (3) hvy.