Multiple all-weather winner SHAWKANTANGO was allowed to race off a 10lb lower mark back on turf at Newcastle last week and duly won. He still has a bit to spare at the weights despite a 7lb rise and can confirm the form with runner-up Boucher Garcon. The latter had earlier beaten Dispol Grand and Chosen One at Catterick and should be in the firing-line once again while Methaaly is lowered 7lb for his return to this surface but his losing run stretches back to 2010 now. Polytrack winner Invigilator is open to improvement on only his fourth outing on turf and Steel City Boy scored on fast ground at Warwick last year but is 5lb higher today.
Shawkantango 9-1 (9-4) In touch, headway halfway, ridden to lead inside final fulong, ran on well, won at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-60 (6) sft beating Boucher Garcon (8-8) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Boucher Garcon (IRE) 11-10fav (8-8) Led, soon clear, switched to far side rail after 2f, hard ridden over
Dispol Grand (IRE) 11-1 (9-1) Chased leaders towards stands side, ridden inside final 2f, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, went 2nd near finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 15, 4l behind Boucher Garcon (8-5) at Catterick 5f app hcp (6) gs.
Methaaly (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Mid-division on inside, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 9, 9l behind Captain Dimitrios (9-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Steel City Boy (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Tracked leader until over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 1 1/4l behind Invigilator (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Gracie's Games 25-1 (8-13) Pushed along towards rear, never a factor, 6th of 8, 18l behind Ace Of Spies (9-7) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Invigilator 9-2fav (9-0) Held up behind, took keen hold, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on to lead post, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Ladydolly (8-11) by ns, 10 ran.
Chosen One (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 7th of 15, 7l behind Boucher Garcon (8-5) at Catterick 5f app hcp (6) gs.
Bobbyow 3-1fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, unable to quicken, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Royal Envoy (9-1) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Mar.
King Of Swords (IRE) 12-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, no impression final furlong, 5th of 10, 5l behind Ingenti (8-6) at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.