Dr Phibes is back in a maiden after a couple of decent performances in nurseries. He's gone very close on a number of occasions but is becoming expensive to follow and may have to settle for second-best again here behind FUNDING DEFICIT. David Barron's gelding ran his best race so far over this trip at Beverley 11 days ago and may still be on an upward curve. Gabrial's Wawa didn't do a lot wrong on his debut at Chester and will know more today but it's difficult to make much of a case for any of the others.
Alkcama (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Close up, pushed along and lost place over 4f out, 8th of 9, 24l behind Topamichi (9-3) at Carlisle 1m 2yo mdn (5) hvy.
Dr Phibes (IRE) 7-2fav (9-7) In touch, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, soon hung right, headed towards finish, kept on, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Greeleys Love (9-5) at Thirsk 7f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Eric The Grey (IRE) 40-1 (8-11) Dwelt always in rear, 11th of 14, 10l behind Bapak Sayang (9-0) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Fake Or Fortune (IRE) 100-1 (9-3) Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, weakened 2f out, 12th of 15, 24l behind Beach Club (9-3) at Thirsk 6f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Aug.
Funding Deficit (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Led, soon clear, ridden over 1f out, kept on and caught close home, 2nd of 12, hd behind Magical Rose (8-8) at Beverley 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) fm.
Gabrial's Wawa 16-1 (9-3) Dwelt, held up, not clear run over 3f out or over 2f out, headway over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Gabrial's Kaka (9-3) at Chester 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd.
Swaying Grace (IRE) 66-1 (8-12) Always in rear, last of 13, 23l behind Buckstay (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Windsor Secret 100-1 (9-0) Led, driven and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 26l behind Power of Light (9-0) at Newcastle 1m 2yo stks (5) gd.