Jibaal was well beaten off this mark at Nottingham earlier in the month but fellow three-year-old Hernando Torres has improved of late and finished second off his new rating at Doncaster three weeks ago. Keys Of Cyprus is back on a winning mark but his last two runs have been very disappointing, though he's still preferred to equally out of form stablemate Rasselas and Horatio Carter. Lakeman has only beaten one home in his last two starts, while Daring Dream has a penalty for his win in a modest Ayr handicap last week and Out Of Nothing has finished tailed off in both starts this year. That leaves REEL BUDDY STAR, who has a decent record at Gosforth Park and has been running well enough lately to suggest he can defy top weight in this.
Reel Buddy Star 7-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, every chance over 1f out, soon one pace, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Boom And Bust (9-6) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Out Of Nothing 16-1 (9-3) Chased winner until over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, tailed off, last of 6, 27l behind Amethyst Dawn (9-9) at Thirsk 1m flls hcp 0-130 (3) gd.
Rasselas (IRE) 18-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, under pressure halfway, soon lost place, 11th of 12, 17l behind Boom And Bust (9-6) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Keys of Cyprus 25-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, last of 16, 24l behind Quite Sparky (9-4) at Carlisle 1m hcp (4) gd.
Horatio Carter 22-1 (10-0) Held up, headway over 1f out, ridden and no impression final furlong, 6th of 9, 4l behind Unknown Rebel (8-6) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Daring Dream (GER) 11-8fav (9-0) Tracked leaders in 4th, headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, shaken up to go clear over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Ayr 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs beating Dream Win (9-2) by 5l, 5 ran.
Jibaal (IRE) 5-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened inside final 2f, 6th of 8, 9l behind Kuala Limper (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Lakeman (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 12th of 13, 14l behind Classic Descent (8-10) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Hernando Torres 13-2 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Aciano (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.