Recent Redcar victor Scentpastparadise had tumbled down the weights before winning so a 6lb penalty won't be much of a hindrance. But today's soft ground will be and ICHIMOKU is preferred. Bryan Smart's colt scored over track and trip in similar underfoot conditions back in May and gets the nod ahead of Dark Opal. The latter is back on the same mark as last season's course and distance victory while Balinka will be taking advantage of her slide down the weights before long,
Bogsnog (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Behind, outpaced over 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 11l behind Foxy Forever (8-11) at York 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Scentpastparadise 11-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, pressed inside final furlong, held on well towards finish, won at Redcar 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul beating Sir Nod (9-5) by nk, 12 ran.
Dark Opal (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) In rear, driven 2f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 5th of 9, 5l behind Aetna (9-7) at Newcastle 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Exotic Guest 33-1 (8-2) Keen held up, headway halfway, weakened over 1f out, soon eased, last of 9, 34l behind Basseterre (9-10) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Balinka 14-1 (9-3) Led on rail, clear halfway, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 5l behind Charlemagne Diva (8-9) at Thirsk 6f fll hcp (5) gf in Jul.
Ichimoku 10-1 (8-11) With leader, driven and lost place inside final 2f, soon ridden, no impression final furlong, 5th of 7, 4l behind Lexington Place (9-7) at Hamilton 5f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Cracking Choice (IRE) 9-1 (8-4) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 6l behind Abraham Monro (8-2) at Ripon 6f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.