Shirocco Passion is the only one safely ignored in a tight contest though Trinity Star is upped in class and Syros is upped in distance. Nakeeta's only win so far came in maiden company but Clear Spell has been raised only 2lb for winning at Hamilton and should go well again. Stanarley Pic finished ahead of Ryeolliean when runner-up at Ripon and can race off the same mark today but a tentative vote goes to top weight MANTOU. He drops down a couple of grades after making his handicap debut behind the unbeaten Redkirk at Ascot.
Mantou (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) Dwelt, behind, outpaced over 2f out, kept on closing stages, never dangerous, last of 6, 5l behind Redkirk (9-6) at Ascot 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Ryeolliean 10-3 (9-6) In rear, pushed along 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 4, 6l behind Truancy (9-2) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Nakeeta 7-2 (8-13) Took keen hold in touch, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on under pressure, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Roskilly (9-3) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Syros (IRE) 3-1 (9-6) Close up, ridden over 2f out, headway but still plenty to do approaching final furlong, ran on to lead final strides, won at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Bertha Burnett (8-1) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Clear Spell (IRE) 2-1fav (8-12) Held up in last pair in touch, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, switched left inside final furlong, ran on to lead final strides, won at Hamilton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) gd beating Latin Rebel (8-8) by nk, 5 ran.
Stanarley Pic 4-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, headway and pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, soon chased winner, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 4, 1l behind Truancy (9-2) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Shirocco Passion 20-1 (9-0) Dwelt soon prominent, ridden halfway, weakened over 4f out, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Steuben (9-1) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Trinity Star (IRE) 3-1fav (9-5) Held up behind, headway on inner over 1f out, kept on to chase winner inside final furlong, always held, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Archduchess (9-3) at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul.