Stratford winner Azure Fly is exposed and may struggle under a penalty but Worcester scorer Floral Spinner is capable of further improvement and Benefit Of Youth is likely to develop with further experience. Va'vite has to be thereabouts but UP FOR AN OSCAR didn't do a lot wrong on debut at Market Rasen and will know more today. Noel Quinlan's five-year-old can open his account, though Kalmbeforethestorm could be a threat and a market move for Mister Hendre would be significant given his yard's tremendous record with bumper horses.
Azure Fly (IRE) 11-4fav (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway before 7f out, led over 1f out, ran on strongly to draw clear, won at Stratford 2m cond NH flat (6) gs in Jul beating Berea Boru (10-13) by 9l, 13 ran.
Ballythomas 4-1 (12-0) Alw rr, pu 3out, in a race won by Road To Riches (12-0) at Sligo 3m ire ptp in May, 9 ran.
Benefit Of Youth (IRE) 11-1 (10-11) Tracked leader, led 4f out, ridden and joined over 1f out, narrowly headed inside final furlong, pressed winner until no extra and held final 100 yards, 2nd of 4, nk behind Tornado In Milan (11-2) at Ffos Las 2m mdn NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Floral Spinner 6-1 (10-5) Green early, led and set steady pace after 1f, made rest, drew clear when wandered right and left 1f out, ridden out final furlong, won at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jul beating All Hope (10-3) by 9l, 6 ran.
Nice 'n' Sleazy (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Led, ridden and hard pressed over 2f out, headed inside final 2f, kept on under pressure, held inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Mason David Brown (11-2) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jul.
Up For An Oscar (IRE) 18-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, ridden over 6f out, headway 2f out, switched left inside final furlong, kept on well, went 2nd towards finish, not able to trouble winner, 2nd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Benefit Cut (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Jun.
Boxatrix Arkadian Hero gelding out of Mardereil.
Kalmbeforethestorm 13-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, steady headway on outside over 4f out, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no impression with winner in clear 2nd final furlong, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Heronry (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gs in Jun.
Mister Hendre Fair Mix gelding out of Bonne Anniversaire.
Va'vite (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, driven to lead over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Spartan Angel (10-9) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jun.
Kims Quest (IRE) 7-1 (9-12) Took keen hold, led, edged right on first bend at paddock exit, ridden and headed 4f out, weakened 3f out, last of 5, 29l behind Explained (11-10) at Ffos Las 2m nhf (6) gs in Apr.