Raccoon has a great record here and is not out of this if blinkers spark a revival but his yard could be in better form and he is the lowest rated runner in the line-up. There's little to choose between Mandarin Spirit and ARRIVA LA DIVA in their course and distance running in a handicap at the start of last month whilst Distant Sun and Atlantic Beach finished together over six furlongs at Hamilton last time; the latter is weighted to gain the upper hand but may require a stiffer test at this trip. Mercers Row has been given a break since disappointing in a Catterick handicap and can't be ruled out but the tentative suggestion is John Quinn's filly with the booking of Paul Hanagan a positive.
Atlantic Beach 12-1 (9-10) In touch, ridden and weakened 1f out, 9th of 12, 7l behind Legal Eagle (9-2) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Distant Sun (USA) 40-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 6l behind Legal Eagle (9-2) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Mandarin Spirit (IRE) 11-4 (10-1) Reared start, rider unable to remove blind, badly left, virtually took no part, last of 7, 48l behind Cayman Fox (8-10) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Mercers Row 12-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, chased leaders, ridden and weakened final furlong, last of 4, 10l behind Perfect Blossom (8-11) at Catterick 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Raccoon (IRE) 11-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, weakened final furlong, 8th of 14, 5l behind Red River Boy (8-7) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Arriva La Diva 11-2 (9-5) Held up in rear, ridden over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 5th of 10, 5l behind Mayoman (9-7) at Thirsk 5f all hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.