Madrasa disappointed when favourite at Thirsk earlier this month but his earlier form puts him firmly in the picture for this and he beat the consistent Sally Friday over the trip at Redcar last month. Tartan Jura's best form is over 2m and further, however, while Medieval Bishop was put up 8lb for winning a lesser contest over a shorter trip at Thirsk in June. MISTER PAGAN has his sights lowered after finishing tailed off at York and an earlier fourth at Newcastle suggests he'll be a major factor in this off a lower mark. He gets the vote, though Mont Blanc ran well on his first start for Jane Chapple-Hyam at Windsor and shouldn't be far away if he lasts home over the longer trip.
Mister Pagan 8-1 (8-0) In touch, lost place over 3f out, last of 12, 30l behind Flashman (8-6) at York 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Tartan Jura 9-1 (9-7) Pushed along to lead, headed over 8f out, soon reminders, chased leaders in 3rd and soon outpaced, headway over 1f out, kept on to go 2nd inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Almagest (10-4) at Beverley 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Persian Peril 25-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along halfway, ridden and headway entering final 2f, hung right approaching final furlong, kept on towards finish, 4th of 7, 7l behind Triple Eight (9-0) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Mont Blanc 5-2fav (9-7) Tracked leader until 8f out, went 2nd again over 3f out, led over 2f out, soon driven, headed and unable to quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Certavi (9-2) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Russian George (IRE) 11-1 (9-10) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, chased leaders approaching final furlong, never on terms, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Arashi (8-12) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in May.
Wayne Manor (IRE) 11-4 (9-2) Led 2f, chased leader, ridden and weakened over 4f out, eased over 1f out, 11th of 12, 12l behind Rythmic (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Madrasa (IRE) 6-4fav (8-9) Mid-division, outpaced on inside 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure final furlong, never reached leaders, 5th of 10, 8l behind Hawk Mountain (9-7) at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Sally Friday (IRE) 13-8fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, headed close home, no extra, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Spats Colombo (8-3) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Miss Macnamara (IRE) 12-1 (10-0) Mid-division, headway when switched left to race towards stand side over 2f out, chased leaders entering final furlong, never able to challenge, 5th of 13, 9l behind Come Here Yew (10-7) at Carlisle 2m 1f ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Zarosa (IRE) 12-1 (7-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 15l behind Eshtyaaq (8-7) at Ffos Las 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Beat The Shower 4-1 (8-11) Held up behind, headway over 3f out, ridden to chase leading pair inside final 2f, no impression in 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 8l behind Hawk Mountain (9-7) at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Medieval Bishop (IRE) 9-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along 3f out, headway on inner over 2f out, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun beating Slide Show (8-7) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Brunello 15-2 (9-13) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner briefly over 3f out, kept on one pace and hung right inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 1 3/4l behind Tinseltown (10-4) at Catterick 1m 4f am hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Authentication 40-1 (8-3) Tracked leader and keen, pushed along over 4f out, soon weakened, last of 8, well behind Silver Samba (8-7) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.