Silver Tigress won over 1m2f here in July on fast going but was a long way behind Primary Route in an amateurs' race at Ripon 11 days ago. Gioia Di Vita had Stamp Duty and Yorkshireman behind when third over this track and trip on the same day and goes on the short-list, along with Gabrial's Hope. But MIDNIGHT WARRIOR is in good form and, though 4lb higher than when second last time at Thirsk, can get back to winning ways. Oracle Boy won at Nottingham two runs ago but couldn't handle a higher mark at Bath and has gone up in the weights again since and Aseela is only a plater.
Gabrial's Hope (FR) 12-1 (9-8) Always behind, 10th of 13, 12l behind Broctune Papa Gio (9-8) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Gioia Di Vita 15-2 (9-12) Mid-division, driven to chase leaders over 2f out, switched outside and ridden inside final furlong, stayed on to take 3rd post, not reach front pair, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Slunovrat (8-13) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.
Primary Route (IRE) 22-1 (11-4) In touch, ridden to challenge over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Graceful Act (10-11) at Ripon 1m 2f am hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.
Aseela (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, pushed along over 4f out, headway over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, went 4th towards finish, no threat, 4th of 7, 4l behind Mixed Message (9-7) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gf in Aug.
Oracle Boy 7-4fav (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Kristal Hart (8-13) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-55 (6) fm in Aug.
Midnight Warrior 14-1 (8-7) Soon tracking leader, led over 3f out, ridden and edged right 2f out, pressed when carried left over 1f out, stayed on, headed towards finish, 2nd of 15, nk behind A Little Bit Dusty (10-0) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Aug.
Yorkshireman (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon lost place, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 8l behind Slunovrat (8-13) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.
Silver Tigress 15-2 (10-9) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway on wide outside over 5f out, soon chasing leaders, weakened over 2f out, last of 11, 29l behind Graceful Act (10-11) at Ripon 1m 2f am hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.
Stamp Duty (IRE) 28-1 (8-10) Held up in rear, headway on inside over 2f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Slunovrat (8-13) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.
Thundering Cloud (IRE) 33-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 7, 19l behind Sergeant Pink (8-12) at Newcastle 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.
Arabian Sunset (IRE) 50-1 (8-3) Close up, lost place halfway, 12th of 13, 31l behind Heska (9-7) at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul.
Connexion Francais 50-1 (7-13) Always in rear, last of 6, 24l behind Gratzie (9-3) at Bath 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Aug.