Black Douglas generally goes well at this level but a strike-rate of 1-30 doesn't convince while Busy Bimbo has an even worse record of 1-66 though she's gone close in two of her last three starts. Spring Bird scrambled home at Newcastle but didn't run as well at Catterick last time while Manatee Bay is 12lb higher than for his only success. THE NIFTY FOX last won a race at this track last summer but he's now dropped to a very fair mark and there should be another race in Tim Easterby's veteran so he's given the nod.
Manatee Bay 14-1 (8-12) Dwelt and slightly hampered start, behind and pushed along, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Noodles Blue Boy (9-5) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Funding Deficit (IRE) 9-2fav (9-9) Tracked leaders, weakened 2f out, 9th of 12, 11l behind Lord Buffhead (8-2) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Spring Bird 15-2 (9-8) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, one pace final 100 yards, 4th of 13, 3l behind Perfect Words (9-3) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Danfazi (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Led on rail, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind White Flag (8-2) at Ripon 5f 3yo sll hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
The Nifty Fox 10-1 (9-3) Behind, some late headway, never on terms, 5th of 12, 7l behind Lord Buffhead (8-2) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Chloe's Dream (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Led until 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 8l behind Lord Buffhead (8-2) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Busy Bimbo (IRE) 8-1 (8-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon chased winner, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Two Turtle Doves (8-5) at Haydock 5f fll hcp (5) gd.
Black Douglas 15-2 (8-10) Towards rear, headway over 3f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 4th of 13, 2l behind Armelle (8-1) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Saxonette 5-1 (8-12) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 12, 7l behind Lord Buffhead (8-2) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Here Now And Why (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, soon no impression, 5th of 12, 4l behind Wimboldsley (8-2) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Fife Jo 80-1 (8-9) Chased leaders to over 2f out, soon ridden and behind, last of 10, 19l behind Fredricka (9-7) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.