Fly Haaf has shown steady improvement but has only raced on Polytrack, though there's no reason he shouldn't be suited by Turf. Balmoral Castle won at Goodwood then over this course and distance before returning here with a very moderate effort. That wasn't his true form and, if back to his best, he'll take some beating. Malih has been running quite well without finding the necessary finishing burst but Fluctuation is best on Fibresand while Hector's Chance is another whose best form is on Polytrack. TARO TYWOD won a minor handicap at Bath then ran very well when just beaten at Redcar. He spread a plate at Pontefract last week so that run should be ignored and this looks a fair opportunity to get back on the winning trail.
Dimitar (USA) 16-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 7th of 8, 11l behind Burnham (9-7) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Malih 7-1 (9-13) Led, took keen hold, headed over 3f out, hanging left 2f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Stiff Upper Lip (9-4) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Balmoral Castle 13-8fav (11-1) Chased leaders, pushed along and went 2nd over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 26l behind Automotive (10-2) at Newbury 1m 2f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd in Jun.
April Ciel 20-1 (9-8) Led 1f, chased leader until ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 15l behind Duke Of Perth (8-13) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) fm in Jul.
Poetic Lord 20-1 (9-10) Tracked leading pair until halfway, handy 4th, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 7l behind Breaking The Bank (9-10) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Fly Haaf (IRE) 4-1 (10-0) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, driven over 1f out, hung right inside final furlong, driven and held on, won at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jun beating Harbinger Lass (8-6) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Taro Tywod (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Raced wide in touch, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 9, well behind Pivotman (10-10) at Pontefract 1m 2f am hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Elsie Bay 9-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 13th of 14, 14l behind Scary Movie (9-8) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Fluctuation (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Held up, headway 2f out, ridden and no impression final furlong, 5th of 9, 5l behind Knight Owl (9-1) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Hector's Chance 12-1 (9-2) Held up in last pair, headway on outside over 4f out, went 3rd over 3f out, went 2nd 2f out, driven and one pace over 1f out, dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Breaking The Bank (9-10) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Operettist 20-1 (8-11) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 10, 9l behind Guest Book (9-5) at Ffos Las 1m hcp 0-55 (6) sft.