ANNIBALE CARO may be able to get back to winning ways by taking this prize from Planetarium, Golden Future and Birkside. Jim Goldie sends out plenty of winners at this track and Annibale Caro numbers amongst them but it has been over two years since he achieved his course and distance success and two years since his last win anywhere on the Flat. However, he's run some decent races over hurdles in that time and didn't shape badly back on the level last time and showed enough to believe that he can make the most of a 2lb drop in the weights which brings him back down to the mark from which he was last successful. Planetarium was unlucky to bump into Tillietudlem two runs back and has since won over hurdles but he could be vulnerable at this trip whilst Birkside posted another solid effort when a couple of places in front of him at Hamilton last time. Golden Future is also worth bearing in mind having won readily over hurdles last time and this trip may turn out to be his optimum on the level but ready preference is for Annibale Caro.
Planetarium 10-1 (9-1) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 5l behind Lady Eclair (9-10) at Hamilton 1m 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Tilos Gem (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 9l behind George Adamson (8-9) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Sudden Impulse 7-1 (9-13) Chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 7, 10l behind City Vaults Girl (9-5) at Pontefract 1m 2f fll hcp (5) gf in May.
Birkside 7-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, headway over 5f out, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, took 2nd place close home, 2nd of 6, 3l behind Lady Eclair (9-10) at Hamilton 1m 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Annibale Caro 16-1 (8-6) Awkwardly away, held up behind, headway on inside rail 3f out, ridden to chase leading pair inside final 2f, kept on, no impression, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Just Lille (9-7) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Amazing King (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 5l behind Hel's Angel (10-0) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Balwearie (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, pushed along in 4th when slipped and fell over 3f out, in a race won by Whaston (8-10) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul, 12 ran.
Golden Future 12-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 13, 11l behind Bivouac (9-0) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Feb.