Most of these are looking to get back on track after recent poor runs. Cresta Star is an exception as she scored at Windsor last month but is upped in class and distance today. EXPERT FIGHTER went close at Kempton when headed in the closing stages last time and, on only his fifth start, the Godolphin colt is taken to find enough improvement to get his head in front here with Frankie on board for the first time. Both Hawkeshead and Tartan Gigha ran below their best recently having won their previous starts and Hong Kong Island has separated a couple of ordinary efforts with a decent second at York.
Tartan Gigha (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Held up in last pair, outpaced over 2f out, never near leaders, 6th of 9, 10l behind Blue Destination (9-2) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun.
Hong Kong Island (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 17, 22l behind Lexi's Boy (9-4) at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Jun.
Gunslinger (FR) 20-1 (9-1) Refused to race, took no part, in a race won by Lieutenant Kojak (9-2) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) sft, 9 ran.
Granston (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 16, 9l behind Franciscan (9-6) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Mezzanisi (IRE) 5-2 (8-13) Keen in touch, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, kept on to go moderate 3rd 1f out, 3rd of 6, 16l behind Asker (8-10) at Ffos Las 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy.
Hawkeshead 28-1 (9-2) Soon chased winner until over 3f out, soon weakened until, 16th of 17, 37l behind Lexi's Boy (9-4) at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Jun.
Expert Fighter (USA) 20-1 (9-0) Awkward start, tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led entering final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Counsel (8-10) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.
Cresta Star 5-1 (9-4) Pulled hard, soon led, headed over 5f out, rallied and led again over 1f out, hard ridden, all out, won at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Jun beating Plastiki (8-8) by 1l, 10 ran.