MEN DON'T CRY was a bit unlucky at Pontefract last month when attempting to complete a hat-trick. Oisin Murphy, who was on board when he won at Brighton in June, is back in the saddle and the top weight can cut down Bath runner-up Secure Cloud here for a return to winning ways. The latter may face a battle for the lead with Sparkling Ice and it's difficult to have much faith in the remaining trio who were all tailed off last time.
Men Don't Cry (IRE) 3-1fav (9-7) Held up behind in touch, driven to chase leaders when not clear run on inside well over 1f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, unable to reach leaders, 4th of 7, 2 1/4l behind El Bravo (9-10) at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Planetoid (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Very slowly away, keen raced wide always in rear, outpaced over 2f out, last of 6, 8l behind Rocky Elsom (8-11) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Fire In Babylon (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, pushed along over 4f out, soon beaten, last of 7, 32l behind Mick Duggan (9-11) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jul.
Rookery (IRE) 12-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 6, 30l behind Raise Your Gaze (8-10) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Secure Cloud (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Led, headed over 6f out, challenged over 3f out, led again over 1f out, kept on and headed towards finish, just held, 2nd of 7, ns behind Statsminister (9-5) at Bath 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) fm in Jul.
Sparkling Ice (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Soon led, headed over 7f out, chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 4, 11l behind Beakers N Num Nums (9-3) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Jul.