A number of these have been given a chance by the handicapper if they can recapture their best form. They include Right Step, Tiger Reigns and Suffice while Cape Explorer was placed three times over hurdles in the spring and ran at the Cheltenham Festival. Bright Applause won over a longer trip here last month and hasn't been disgraced in either of his two starts since but WHISPERING WARRIOR looks the one to beat. He's only had eight career starts and has won four of the last five in the style of an improving individual. Spirit Of The Law and Indepub are both partnered by promising apprentices and look the pick of the remainder.
Whispering Warrior (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Held up, headway over 3f out, challenged over 1f out, edged left and led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at York 1m 2f am hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May beating Maven (11-3) by 2 3/4l, 11 ran.
Spirit Of The Law (IRE) 11-2 (8-11) Slowly into stride, soon bustled along to track leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 13l behind Tres Coronas (9-1) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in May.
Right Step 14-1 (8-5) Held up in mid-division, headway on inside 3f out, ridden and weakened 2f out, 10th of 12, 21l behind Sheikhzayedroad (9-7) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Tiger Reigns 16-1 (9-4) Always towards rear, 12th of 14, 12l behind It's A Mans World (8-6) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May.
Indepub 33-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 18l behind Icebuster (9-7) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Apr.
Suffice (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Pressed leader, led 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 14, 5l behind Looks Like Rain (8-5) at York 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Bright Applause 7-4fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, switched left over 1f out, soon went 3rd, ridden and no impression, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Tetbury (9-6) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Cape Explorer 4-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, soon lost place, last of 9, 10l behind Oetzi (9-2) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Lady Macduff (IRE) 15-2 (8-6) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, lost 4th place towards finish, last of 5, 4 1/2l behind Maven (9-2) at Ayr 1m 2f flls hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
I'll Be Good 16-1 (8-11) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 16, 15l behind Lupo D'Oro (9-4) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Gold Show 9-1 (8-9) Tracked winner until 5f out, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 14l behind San Cassiano (8-12) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Rawaafed (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, not clear run over 1f out until entering final furlong, no impression, 11th of 15, 5l behind Lord Of The Dance (9-6) at Carlisle 1m hcp (4) gd.
Moheebb (IRE) 11-1 (9-2) Tracked leader until 4f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 5l behind Tectonic (9-0) at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.