Third Of The Third won by five lengths at Hereford on his racecourse debut while Bowie and Great Roar have shown signs of ability. The Halling gelding Zarafshan is a very interesting newcomer from the John Ferguson yard and he makes more appeal than Towcester third Claiming Benefits. But we'll concentrate on previous winners King Of The Wolds and SPIRIT OF SHANKLY with preference for Charlie Longsdon's four-year-old who was impressive at Stratford in March after a promising debut at Kempton and should have strengthened up further over the summer.
King Of The Wolds (IRE) 9-2 (11-10) Soon led, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, weakened towards finish, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Scarlet Fire (10-7) at Newcastle 2m NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Spirit Of Shankly 11-10fav (10-10) Held up mid-division, headway over 6f out led over 3f out, shaken up and quickened over 1f out, ran on strongly, eased towards finish, won at Stratford 2m mdn NH flat (5) gd in Mar beating Islandmagee (11-4) by 6l, 14 ran.
Third Of The Third 5-1 (11-4) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, soon went 2nd, led over 1f out, kept on well, won at Hereford 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) gf beating The Jugopolist (11-4) by 5l, 9 ran.
Bowie (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 3f out, soon challenged, kept on and every chance final furlong, just held near finish, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Omani Rebel (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jul.
Claiming Benefits (IRE) 11-2 (10-11) Tracked leaders, went 3rd and ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace entering final furlong, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Aeschylus (11-3) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Great Roar (USA) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, left in lead after about 2f, ridden over 3f out, headed over 2f out, stayed on same pace, no impression on winner final furlong, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Kolaphos (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) gf in Aug.
Rockin Ronnie (FR) 5-1 (12-0) Mid-div, some prog when fell 4out, in a race won by Long Wave (12-0) at Kilmallock 3m ire ptp gs in Apr, 10 ran.
Zarafshan (IRE) Halling gelding out of Gipsy Moth.
Total Assets Alflora filly out of Maid Equal.