Dakota Canyon is better then he showed at York last time. Muffin McLeay was just touched off over this trip at Ripon and Skytrain is back over 1m2f for the first time since finishing third at Chester last month. No Win No Fee has been knocking on the door but probably needs some help from the handicapper. AMAZE hasn't won for a while and has twice had a rear view of San Cassiano lately. But he has the best of the weights today and it will be disappointing if Brian Ellison's charge can't finally get the better of his old rival - he gets a tentative vote.
San Cassiano (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Led, headed over 2f out, soon lost place, weakening when not much room and hampered 1f out, last of 8, 10l behind Strictly Silver (9-2) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Well Painted (IRE) 14-1 (8-7) Led, tracked leaders, not clear run just over 3f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 9l behind Star Links (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcap (2) pol in Feb.
Muffin Mcleay (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) Dwelt close up, headway to chase leader over 2f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 5, nk behind Maybeme (8-12) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Sky Khan 66-1 (8-6) Pressed leader, lost place over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 20l behind Cashpoint (8-4) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gs in May.
Skytrain 8-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression final furlong, 5th of 7, 6l behind Kingscroft (8-5) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Licence To Till (USA) 4-6fav (8-13) Soon led, ridden and headed entering final 2f, stayed on final furlong, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Kimbali (9-2) at Leicester 1m clm stks (6) gf.
Amaze 2-1 (8-13) Dwelt in touch in rear, pushed along 3f out, headway to chase winner when ridden and hung sharply left over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind San Cassiano (9-5) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Red Inca 11-2 (8-8) Close up, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Awake My Soul (9-6) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun '13.
Dakota Canyon (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, not much room over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 11th of 18, 6l behind Eurystheus (9-4) at York 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
It's A Mans World 10-1 (9-5) In rear, driven on outside over 1f out, never involved, 11th of 15, 9l behind Sound Advice (9-11) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
No Win No Fee 3-1 (8-8) Always prominent, pushed along over 3f out, led over 1f out, headed approaching final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 3l behind Raskova (9-4) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Outlaw Torn (IRE) 11-2 (8-8) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway over 3f out, went 3rd 2f out, one pace, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Corton Lad (9-5) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.