RIVER DRAGON has twice finished runner-up over course and distance so is an obvious place to start but recourse to the market will be essential in assessing this contest. Denis O'Regan is an interesting booking for the Flat bred Bold Warning whilst Take The Profit is another bred for the summer game that warrants attention but neither yard has a track record of success in this sphere. Irish point winner Dontupsettherhythm is another to bear in mind whilst Teals Star and Big Knickers have shown a glimpse of promise but perhaps the biggest challenge may come from Pontyates who may be able to improve on the form he's shown thus far as long as the ground doesn't become too testing.
Alhudhud (USA) 12-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, pushed along and losing touch 7f out, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Seam Of Diamonds (10-6) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gf in Jun.
Bold Warning Erhaab gelding out of Celandine.
Dontupsettherhythm (IRE) 11-8 (12-0) Alw pr, 4th 4out & going well, 2nd 3out, ld 2out, jnd appr last, kow, won at Donore 3m ire ptp gd in May beating Ballyduag (12-0) by nk, 11 ran.
Furius Montjeu gelding out of Frottola.
Pontyates 12-1 (10-11) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 2nd halfway until outpaced over 5f out, stayed on again final 2f, went 4th close home, 4th of 7, 24l behind Havingotascoobydo (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Aug.
River Dragon (IRE) 5-4fav (10-10) Held up, headway over 4f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, kept on, no impression, 2nd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Regain Du Charbonneau (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Aug '09.
Take The Profit Domedriver gelding out of Fantastic Belle.
Teals Star 11-1 (10-10) In rear, pushed along over 3f out, stayed on final 2f, never nearer, 4th of 9, 17l behind Mr Jay Dee (11-2) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jul.
Wicked Times Olden Times gelding out of La Notte.
Alimure 25-1 (10-7) Mid-division, weakened 8f out, 9th of 13, well behind Black Annie (10-10) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (5) gf in Jun.
Big Knickers 13-2 (10-10) Held up towards rear, chased clear pair from 4f out, no impression, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Gorgehous Lliege (10-10) at Plumpton 2m 2f mdn NH flat (6) sft in Mar.
Dipity Doo Dah 12-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, lost place over 5f out, soon weakened, 6th of 12, 44l behind Regain Du Charbonneau (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Aug '09.
Miss Kessie Where Or When filly out of Ladies Day.