It was soft ground when NORTHERN FLING won this race last year and racing off a 5lb lower mark today, Jim Goldie's charge looks to have an excellent chance of repeating that success. He makes more appeal than Coolminx, who continues to slip down the weights without showing any notable improvement, while Beckermet is holding his form well but the veteran has run over today's trip without success on plenty of occasions in the past. Indian Giver is making her seasonal debut though she did win in heavy ground over 6f here last September.
Lucky Numbers (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, 11th of 15, 11l behind Piazza San Pietro (9-1) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Steed 18-1 (8-12) Mid-division on inside, ridden along 4f out, soon beaten, 16th of 20, 13l behind Snow Bay (9-4) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Apr.
Desert Creek (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, not clear run 1f out, never dangerous, 15th of 19, 11l behind Red Gulch (9-8) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.
Thrust Control (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, under pressure halfway, soon lost place, eased over 1f out, last of 7, 27l behind Roninski (8-8) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Coolminx (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Always towards rear, 16th of 17, 9l behind Saucy Brown (9-11) at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.
Northern Fling 6-1 (9-5) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Munsarim (9-7) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Iceblast 14-1 (8-5) Behind, ridden and some headway on outside over 1f out, never near leaders, 10th of 17, 6l behind Osteopathic Remedy (10-0) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.
Beckermet (IRE) 3-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on to take 2nd well inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Royal Blade (8-2) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Indian Giver 20-1 (9-2) Dwelt, behind, headway halfway, ridden and hung left over 1f out, led entering final furlong, no extra and headed towards finish, lost 2nd place, 3rd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Tro Nesa (9-7) at Ayr 6f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Oct.