Borough Boy is happy on soft ground as he showed at Haydock last week for which a 6lb penalty shouldn't prevent another big effort. Prigsnov Dancer scored over the track and trip in May but has been unable to cope with the resultant weight rise though his young rider's claim will aid his cause. Indian Affair hasn't won for a very long time but has dropped in the weights accordingly and now looks on a fair mark. THE STRIG looks even better handicapped and was in superb form at this time a year ago, winning handicaps on soft ground at Brighton and Sandown. With conditions in his favour and having taken a massive drop in the ratings he looks the one to be on. Kiss From A Rose has only had eight runs and shown ability though she'll be racing on soft ground for the first time.
Borough Boy (IRE) 4-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Haydock 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs beating Methaaly (7-13) by 1l, 8 ran.
Prigsnov Dancer (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) In rear, ridden entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 5th of 7, 6l behind Perfect Words (9-2) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Clock Opera (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) With leaders, ridden inside final 2f, lost place 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 10l behind Sleep Walk (9-2) at Leicester 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Indian Affair 7-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, under pressure over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Maria Montez (9-12) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Compton Prince 16-1 (9-8) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 5th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Billy Red (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Jun.
Queen Hermione (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Outpaced in last pair, plugged on inside final furlong, never a threat, 8th of 10, 4l behind Medam (9-8) at Lingfield 7f flls hcp (0-70) (3yo+) (5) pol in Jul.
Masked Dance (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Driven forward, soon chasing leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 11, 5l behind Meshardal (9-13) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in May.
The Strig 16-1 (9-3) With winner, ridden and outpaced over 1f out, no impression when lost place inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 6l behind Clubland (10-0) at Thirsk 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Rat Catcher (IRE) 66-1 (9-4) Led centre group and well on terms, headed when groups merged at halfway, soon weakened, 15th of 17, 24l behind Lady Poppy (8-13) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Minty Jones 7-2 (8-8) Chased leading trio, edged right from halfway, ridden and no impression, 4th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Only Ten Per Cent (9-9) at Leicester 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Kiss From A Rose 3-1fav (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, one pace and no impression from over 1f out, 5th of 10, 3l behind Spiraea (9-9) at Warwick 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Gypsy Rider 11-1 (9-0) Took keen hold tracking leaders, ridden inside final 2f, weakened soon after, 9th of 11, 7l behind Last Minute Lisa (8-12) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.
My Time 20-1 (8-3) Started slowly, outpaced in last pair, never on terms, last of 6, 17l behind Clearing (9-12) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jul.
Abraham Monro 8-1 (8-3) Held up mid-division, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 13l behind Ace Master (9-1) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Divertimenti (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) Led narrowly, ridden 2f out, drifted right and headed over 1f out, lost place inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 6l behind Sleep Walk (9-2) at Leicester 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Very First Blade 8-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, no impression, 7th of 11, 10l behind Exceedexpectations (9-12) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jul.
Frosted Off 12-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, soon eased, 13th of 16, 18l behind Medam (8-13) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun.