The ability to handle soft ground has to be taken on trust with the majority of these including LILY RULES. She beat a couple of subsequent winners when second at Haydock last time and should go close on that form. Beverley maiden winner Atlantic Affair was a well-beaten third on her handicap bow but Heskin fared better at Chester, though an earlier poor effort in soft going tempers enthusiasm for her. There was little between Sakhalin Star and Baltic Fire when they filled the places at Catterick recently with Street Boss well beaten but Angel Rosa is preferred.
Lily Rules (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Held up, pushed along 5f out, headway when not clear run over 1f out, switched right inside final furlong, ran on, went 2nd close home, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Culdaff (9-3) at Haydock 7f 2yo hcp (3) gf in Jul.
Atlantic Affair (IRE) 2-1 (9-7) Went right start, soon led, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Latenightrequest (8-10) at Ayr 7f 2yo hcp (5) gf in Jul.
Heskin (IRE) 3-1fav (9-2) Towards rear, headway on outside over 4f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Finn Class (8-10) at Chester 7f 2yo hcp (4) gf in Jul.
Irondale Express 40-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, last of 4, 3 1/2l behind Malachim Mist (9-5) at Doncaster 7f 2yo nov stk (4) gf in Jun.
Angel Rosa 13-2 (8-8) Hampered start, in rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 5, 6l behind Latenightrequest (8-10) at Ayr 7f 2yo hcp (5) gf in Jul.
Street Boss (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, in touch on outer, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 8l behind Flora Medici (8-9) at Catterick 7f 2yo hcp (5) gf in Jul.
Sakhalin Star (IRE) 9-2 (8-0) Led, headed entering final furlong, in 2nd and held when not much room towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Flora Medici (8-9) at Catterick 7f 2yo hcp (5) gf in Jul.
Baltic Fire (IRE) 50-1 (7-7) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Flora Medici (8-9) at Catterick 7f 2yo hcp (5) gf in Jul.