A competitive contest can go to CORNUS whose case looks slightly stronger than both Tangerine Trees and Red Cape. The last-named was a narrow Doncaster winner last time, for which he has gone up 3lbs and with optimum conditions and trip again he has to be considered a leading player, though whether he will have enough improvement in him is questionable. Tangerine Trees has been a prolific winner this season for Bryan Smart and aside from a Doncaster flop, he has been in great heart. He too has his preferred ground and has done all of his winning over 6f, so he is entitled to be thereabouts after another 4lb rise. Green Manalishi has dropped to 1lb below his last turf win and should be capable of giving them all a fright back over this trip. However, for the selection we turn to Cornus. Alan McCabe's eight-year-old chases a hat-trick after wins at Thirsk and Folkestone, acts well on fast ground and his most recent victory suggests that he can defy a 7lb rise.
Green Manalishi 22-1 (9-1) Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 12l behind Captain Dunne (9-9) at Newcastle 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Doctor Parkes 16-1 (9-4) Made most, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 18, 1 1/2l behind Baby Strange (9-4) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jun.
Indian Skipper (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, in touch, lost place over 2f out, 6th of 7, 5l behind Arabian Mirage (9-6) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Red Cape (FR) 9-2 (8-10) With leader, ridden to lead narrowly well over 1f out, held on under pressure final furlong, won at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun beating Secret Witness (9-5) by nk, 10 ran.
Tangerine Trees 7-4fav (9-6) Made all, ridden 2f out, ran on gamely, won at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun beating Indian Skipper (9-6) by nk, 7 ran.
Cornus 9-1 (8-9) Held up, headway over 2f out, chased leader over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Folkestone 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun beating Glen Shiel (9-0) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.
Bel Cantor 33-1 (9-1) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 12th of 13, 19l behind Opus Maximus (9-9) at Chester 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Gertmegalush (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace final furlong, no impression, 5th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Kakapuka (9-0) at Doncaster 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Dickie Le Davoir 7-1 (8-13) In rear, short lived effort 2f out, 9th of 12, 9l behind Joe Packet (8-12) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.