CROSS OF LORRAINE was in tremendous form over this C&D a year ago winning twice including this race. He's right back to his best judged by his run over 5f here last month and is on a lower mark than last year so can continue his love affair with the track. Emily Hall landed a nursery on her final start last season and looked ready to win again when a very good runner-up to Orwellian in a big field at Redcar. She's on the same mark and has to be of interest while Oakbrook, who was also runner-up to Orwellian last month before scoring at Catterick, is another who should be in the firing-line. Ypres is still a maiden but hasn't been beaten far the last twice and is no forlorn hope in a tight little handicap.
Circuitous 7-1 (9-5) Chased leader on outside, outpaced over 2f out, soon lost place, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 23l behind Jupiter Fidius (8-5) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Jun.
Cross of Lorraine (IRE) 9-2 (9-6) Pressed leader, led halfway, ridden and edged right inside final furlong, bumped close home, headed post, 2nd of 6, ns behind Baltic Bomber (9-6) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jul.
Ypres 4-1fav (8-8) Raced far side, chased leaders, ridden to challenge well over 1fout, stayed on well, never reached winner, 3rd of 15, 3/4l behind Trust Fund Babe (8-7) at Ripon 6f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Oakbrook 7-2fav (8-11) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, all out, won at Catterick 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jul beating Ursus (8-11) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Thrust Control (IRE) 20-1 (8-4) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 13l behind Muftarres (9-5) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Sleights Boy (IRE) 40-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 16th of 17, 12l behind Orwellian (9-4) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Karate Queen 12-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, effort towards far side over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression well inside final furlong, 7th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Orwellian (9-4) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Emily Hall 25-1 (8-4) Held up in rear, driven and headway towards stands side rail inside final furlong, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to press winner and every chance inside final 2f, just held, 2nd of 17, nk behind Orwellian (9-4) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Kieron's Rock (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Soon led, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 14th of 15, 30l behind Sweetnessandlight (9-7) at Thirsk 1m 3yo sll hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.