GRAND DIAMOND has been enjoying a new lease of life this season with three wins to his name. Jim Goldie's nine-year-old won one of these events back in June and looks the one to beat again. Sohcahtoa was well beaten the last time he raced in an amateurs' contest but Simon Walker's presence suggests recent Catterick winner Torero is expected to go well. Ravi River went close at Carlisle last week and makes more appeal than Geanie Mac and Lady Gargoyle, who have both been placed at this track recently.
Sohcahtoa (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, went 4th over 3f out, went 3rd over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 7, 8l behind Goldan Jess (8-12) at Ayr 1m 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Non Dom (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, tailed off over 4f out, last of 11, well behind Strikemaster (10-6) at Thirsk 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Ravi River (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, rallied inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Ailsa Craig (9-5) at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Grand Diamond (IRE) 7-2 (8-13) Held up in touch, headway over 3f out on inner, ridden over 1f out, soon edged left, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 1l behind Vittachi (8-11) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Torero 11-1 (9-8) Tracked leading trio, went 2nd going well over 2f out, led on bit 2f out, ridden over 1f out, in command when edged left towards finish, won at Catterick 2m sell stks (6) sft beating Jebulani (8-13) by 1l, 7 ran.
Geanie Mac (IRE) 9-2 (7-9) Held up towards rear, weakened 5f out, tailed off, 6th of 7, 25l behind Goldan Jess (8-12) at Ayr 1m 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Lady Gargoyle 18-1 (7-9) Rider removed hood late slowly away, pulled hard and headway to join leader after 3f until 4f out, rallied and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind La Bacouetteuse (9-7) at Musselburgh 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.