Beverley second Simply Shining will be fancied to go one better here after the defection of Cape Samba but BARREN BROOK may be capable of ending his long losing run. Mick Easterby's gelding hasn't won since 2011 but is well treated as a result and he caught the eye on his reappearance at Pontefract when finishing ahead of both Warfare and Hakuna Matata. Dumbarton is fit from hurdling but could find this on the sharp side and Dual Mac's maiden form is nothing special. Bartack would have preferred quicker ground but is still preferred to veteran The Osteopath of the others.
Bartack (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Held up mid-division, pushed along and weakened over 2f out, 14th of 17, 21l behind Ansaab (9-7) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Cape Samba 3-1fav (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, led over 1f out, held on well, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct beating Bowstar (9-2) by nk, 14 ran.
Hakuna Matata 9-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway into mid-division and pushed along on outside 2f out, ridden well over 1f out, weakened soon after, 11th of 13, 18l behind Dark Ocean (8-12) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Simply Shining (IRE) 5-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, chased winner over 1f out, ridden entering final furlong, kept on and held near finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Real Tigress (8-9) at Beverley 1m fll hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Barren Brook 20-1 (9-7) Mid-division, pushed along and lost place over 2f out, 8th of 13, 12l behind Dark Ocean (8-12) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
The Osteopath (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, soon weakened, 12th of 17, 16l behind Ansaab (9-7) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Dual Mac 20-1 (9-12) Keen led, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Alegra (9-0) at Thirsk 1m mdn stks (4) gd in Aug.
Dumbarton (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Soon steadied rear, headway on outside over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, soon ridden, one pace and no impression when carried head high and edged right final furlong, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Ningara (8-10) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Warfare 20-1 (9-2) Switched left start, held up in rear, never involved, 9th of 13, 15l behind Dark Ocean (8-12) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs.