SNOW BAY finally posted a better effort at Thirsk last time having tumbled down the weights. He finished ahead of Cara's Request on that occasion and the latter has since gone close at Chester. Paul Midgley's charge gets the vote in this lower grade affair. A winner at Kempton back in February, Strong Man returns to action off a 5lb higher mark and it was soft ground when Mowhoob scored over track and trip in June and he's been beaten off today's higher mark since. Opt Out has been running well over 6f and looks best of the rest.
Cara's Request (AUS) 9-2 (9-9) Led, headed well inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 13, nk behind My Single Malt (9-8) at Chester 1m ldy hcp (4) gf in Jul.
Snow Bay 8-1 (9-1) Tracked winner for 1f, went 2nd again 4f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, every chance until no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Repetition (9-4) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Strong Man 15-8fav (9-5) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, soon ridden and headed, no extra and lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Sakash (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr.
Mowhoob 11-2 (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 6, 6l behind Silver Rime (9-8) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Opt Out 8-1 (8-11) Dwelt outpaced, switched right and headway approaching final furlong, ran on, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Layla's Hero (9-1) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jul.
Funding Deficit (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 5l behind Opt Out (8-13) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Chookie's Lass 25-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden, lost place and edged right over 1f out, soon well beaten, last of 8, 10l behind Baron Run (9-8) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Smart Alec (IRE) 9-2 (8-7) Tracked leader, ridden and effort over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 9, 6l behind Porthos Du Vallon (9-0) at Hamilton 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.