Old Master Expert has something to prove now and a better bet might be VALERIUS MAXIMUS. Paul Cole's colt ran fairly well at York last time out when plugging on at the one pace, suggesting that the drop in trip was against him. Now faced with a more testing finish he can score at the third time of asking. Old Master Expert has been given a break since a bitterly disappointing Leicester run where he travelled well but then emptied quickly. He is back down to five furlongs today and remains capable of much better. Jay Jays Joy and Finnker strike as nursery types, and a more eminent threat today might be the newcomer Hygrove Gal.
Another Wise Kid (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 9l behind Ahtoug (9-3) at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Barnet Fair 100-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, always behind stands side, 12th of 16, 16l behind No Poppy (8-12) at Ripon 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Aug.
Finnker (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, prominent, weakened from 2f out, switched right over 1f out, 7th of 11, 9l behind Tinkertown (9-3) at Redcar 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jun.
Jay Jays Joy 20-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 8th of 12, 10l behind Secret Gold (8-9) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Kwik Time Avonbridge colt out of Never Away.
Old Master Expert 6-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders travelling well, ridden to challenge winner entering final 2f, found nil and lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Sheer Courage (9-3) at Leicester 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in May.
Rapturous Applause Royal Applause colt out of Rapturous.
Valerius Maximus 7-4fav (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind El Viento (9-3) at York 5f 2yo mdn (3) gf.
Be A Good Lady 11-1 (8-9) Dwelt in rear, ridden halfway, kept on, never nearer, 5th of 10, 7l behind Geesala (9-0) at Pontefract 5f 2yo mdn fll aut (5) gd in Apr.
Hygrove Gal Auction House filly out of Vida.