WISEMAN'S DIAMOND likes this track and showed herself in good spirits when scoring at Ripon earlier this month. She's a tough mare and a 4lb rise shouldn't prevent a follow-up. It's a very long time since the veteran Hard Rock City won a race but there's no doubt he's slipped to a mark he's capable of winning from in this sort of company. Lujano was a major disappointment at Wolverhampton on Monday after a very good effort at Redcar previously but El Dececy is just 1lb higher than for his last success on turf and has won from much higher marks on Fibresand subsequently.
Hard Rock City (USA) 10-1 (9-9) Behind, headway on outside approaching final 2f, soon no impression on leaders, 5th of 12, 5l behind Viking Warrior (9-0) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
El Dececy (USA) 10-1 (8-13) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 9, 8l behind Legal Legacy (8-12) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Motafarred (IRE) 33-1 (8-7) Chased leading trio, weakened 3f out, tailed off, 8th of 9, 39l behind Veiled Applause (8-9) at York 1m 2f app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) sft in Oct.
Rising Kheleyf (IRE) 25-1 (9-11) Held up in touch, ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 17l behind You've Been Mowed (9-9) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Vanilla Rum 8-1 (10-0) Slowly into stride, in rear, never on terms, 7th of 10, 9l behind Tenancy (8-9) at Southwell 7f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Jun.
Sir Ike (IRE) 50-1 (9-11) Slowly into stride, behind most of way, some late moderate headway, 9th of 15, 9l behind Green Earth (9-9) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Aussie Blue (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, no impression, 8th of 12, 7l behind Polish World (10-0) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Wiseman's Diamond (USA) 8-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, switched left over 1f out, led inside final furlong, driven out, won at Ripon 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd beating Seldom (9-3) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Lujano 3-1fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 9th of 12, 10l behind Kielty's Folly (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Carragold 12-1 (8-7) Awkward start, outpaced in rear, always behind, 9th of 13, 26l behind French Art (9-7) at Newcastle 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Apr.