Plenty of recent winners with claims but BLUE MAISEY gets a tentative vote dropped in class after finishing runner-up over track and trip last time. Border Bandit is another dropping down a grade but has done all his winning over a mile so far while Rasselas, Uncle Brit and Trixie Malone all scored over the same distance on their latest outings. Natures Law won over 7f at Ayr a fortnight ago and makes more appeal than Larghetto, a winner over today's trip on the Polytrack back in April.
Border Bandit (USA) 5-1 (8-9) Awkward start, prominent, every chance over 1f out, ran on to lead last strides, won at Beverley 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep beating Silverware (9-7) by hd, 9 ran.
Blue Maisey 11-2 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, staye d on under pressure to 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Rufoof (9-5) at Newcastle 7f fll hcp (5) gf.
How Fortunate 25-1 (9-2) Towards rear and pushed along, never a factor, 9th of 12, 27l behind Bayan Kasirga (8-12) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Self Employed 7-2 (10-12) Held up, headway 3f out, lost place 2f out, 8th of 10, 13l behind Valentine's Gift (10-0) at Nottingham 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Rasselas (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Dwelt, towards rear, stayed on final furlong to take 4th well inside last, 4th of 13, 6l behind Baraboy (8-6) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Mitchum 25-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, always behind, 11th of 13, 21l behind Master Bond (9-5) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Royal Holiday (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, driven 3f out, lost place over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on to take 3rd inside final furlong, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Peter's Friend (8-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
John Coffey (IRE) 11-2 (8-10) Towards rear, driven and headway on outside over 1f out, soon ridden, edged left and stayed on to take 2nd inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Teetotal (9-0) at Pontefract 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Uncle Brit 7-1 (9-4) In touch in mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, stayed on under pressure to lead towards finish, won at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Sep beating Royal Holiday (9-7) by 3/4l, 15 ran.
Botteen (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders in centre, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 14, 18l behind Cape Samba (9-5) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Ellaal 40-1 (9-2) Mid-division, lost place 2f out, soon behind, 13th of 14, 17l behind Never Forever (9-5) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Larghetto (USA) 11-8fav (9-13) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, unable to trouble leaders, 6th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Needwood Ridge (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Apr.
Natures Law (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Went to post early, in touch on inside, headway and switched left over 2f out, challenged 2f out, soon led, narrowly headed entering final furlong, rallied gamely to lead again last 50 yards, won at Ayr 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd beating Lil Sophella (8-11) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Mujaadel (USA) 9-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 12, 2l behind Sardanapalus (9-1) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
My New Angel (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Mid-division, pushed along halfway, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, 9l behind Rufoof (9-5) at Newcastle 7f fll hcp (5) gf.
Trixie Malone 14-1 (8-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd over 2f out, led over 1f out, pressed inside final furlong, just held on, won at Ayr 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Sep beating Mash Potato (9-3) by hd, 10 ran.