Not a red hot race in terms of quality, but nonetheless competitive, and DUBARA REEF is suggested. Paul Green's three-year-old dotted up at Nottingham last time over 2m and on that evidence he should have no problems with the slightly longer trip today. He is relatively lightly-raced and therefore may well have enough improvement in him to defy a 7lb rise with his age allowance a plus. Planetarium stays all day and is slipping to a competitive mark, while conversely Lava Lamp has gone up 4lbs for winning a Catterick seller over a similar trip last time. Fair Spin is in rude health and has to be short-listed given his bottomless stamina, while the in-form Petella is again capable of picking up some money. Dubara Reef is taken to score.
Tillietudlem (FR) 5-2fav (8-13) Led 1f, tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 4l behind Simple Jim (8-13) at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Dan Buoy (FR) 10-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, ridden over 5f out, always towards rear, 8th of 11, 18l behind Hypnotic Gaze (10-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Jul.
Bandanaman (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Simple Jim (8-13) at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Chocolate Caramel (USA) 11-2 (9-1) Held up behind, driven and headway on outside, 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on same pace under pressure final furlong, no impression, 5th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Ballade De La Mer (8-7) at Ayr 1m 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Planetarium 12-1 (9-1) Held up behind, effort to chase leaders over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 8l behind Ballade De La Mer (8-7) at Ayr 1m 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Stage Acclaim (IRE) Evensfav (9-0) Made all, ridden and came wide into straight over 4f out, hung left over 2f out, driven out, won at Yarmouth 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul beating Purely By Chance (8-6) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Brave Bugsy (IRE) 15-8fav (8-13) Held up, rapid headway to lead halfway, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened inside final 2f, eased when beaten, 6th of 8, 16l behind Perception (9-7) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) fm in Jul.
Carmela Maria 20-1 (9-3) Mid-division, pushed along 9f out, lost place 6f out, no danger after, 5th of 7, 14l behind Drop The Hammer (8-11) at Redcar 1m 6f app hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Jul.
Spiritonthemount (USA) 8-1 (8-13) Ridden to lead, went clear from 12f out, driven over 2f out, edged right and headed near finish, 2nd of 11, hd behind Vertueux (9-6) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Jul.
Petella 4-1 (8-6) Behind, headway on inside 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well under pressure inside final furlong to go 3rd towards finish, not reached leading pair, 3rd of 9, 3/4l behind Ballade De La Mer (8-7) at Ayr 1m 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Lava Lamp (GER) 13-8 (8-7) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Catterick 2m sell stks (6) gf beating Shannersburg (9-8) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Fair Spin 40-1 (8-10) Mid-division, smooth headway to 3rd 3f out, ridden to lead narrowly 2f out, driven and joined inside final, all out, won at Pontefract 2m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr beating Dan Buoy (9-9) by nk, 8 ran.
Spring Breeze 15-8fav (8-8) Held up in 4th, ridden 3f out, outpaced 2f out, no impression after, 5th of 7, 5l behind Dan's Heir (8-8) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Dubara Reef (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) Led 1f, tracked leaders, ridden over 5f out, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, ran on, won at Nottingham 2m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul beating Dubawi King (9-7) by 7l, 8 ran.