Just when he looked in the handicapper's grip, a revitalised DICKIE LE DAVOIR resumed winning ways at Haydock last week with Who's Shirl well beaten. He has a penalty to carry here but is worth sticking with given none of today's rivals can match his recent form. Last month's Ripon winner Cape Vale could figure if back to his best after disappointing at Doncaster last time, while Silver Rime tries this shorter trip for the first time after finishing third over 7f here on his latest start. Noodles Blue Boy and Nadeen look high enough in the weights now, but Sunrise Safari has each-way claims.
Sonny Red (IRE) 50-1 (8-8) Prominent, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, 18th of 20, 18l behind Hoof It (9-1) at York 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Cape Vale (IRE) 15-2 (9-6) Slight lead overall near stands rail, headed 2f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 13, 6l behind Enderby Spirit (9-7) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Apr.
Dickie Le Davoir 20-1 (9-1) In rear, ridden well over 1f out, good headway entering final furlong, kept on well to lead towards finish, won at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Karaka Jack (8-8) by nk, 14 ran.
Silver Rime (FR) 22-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Bawaardi (9-3) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Noodles Blue Boy 17-2 (8-13) Prominent, pushed along and weakened over 1f out, 16th of 17, 13l behind Breathless Kiss (9-2) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
Who's Shirl 9-1 (9-5) Went left start, towards rear, ridden and stayed on well inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Dickie Le Davoir (9-1) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Master Rooney (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, kept on from over 1f out, never a factor, 8th of 15, 7l behind Le Toreador (9-0) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Nadeen (IRE) 5-1fav (9-4) Dwelt raced stand side, towards rear, headway 2f out, kept on final furlong, 5th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Discanti (9-7) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Sunrise Safari (IRE) 11-1 (9-3) Raced stand side, in touch, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 5l behind Discanti (9-7) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Marvellous Value (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden to lead over 1f out until 1f out, stayed on one pace, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind King Of Eden (9-3) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.