Mutafaakir should be forgiven his effort at Haydock as he didn't get the best of runs and is best judged on his two earlier performances which would give him a chance. Ayasha dead-heated over the track and trip and performed with credit with a 6lb rise at Hamilton so should get into contention but HOLY ANGEL gets the nod. Regular rider Rachel Richardson almost got him home at Carlisle a couple of weeks ago and though not a regular winner Tim Easterby's charge is well enough treated these days to come up trumps. Secret City is only 4lb higher than for his victory at Thirsk in May and will be looking for his seventh success on his 40th start.
Mutafaakir (IRE) 7-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, not much room over 1f out, soon switched right, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, soon went went 3rd, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Nasharra (9-3) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Secret City (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Awkwardly away in touch in rear, ridden and no impression over 2f out, driven and stayed on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 5th of 9, 2l behind Fantasy Gladiator (8-11) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Who's Shirl 20-1 (9-9) Behind, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 6th of 12, 6l behind Victoire De Lyphar (9-12) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Adam's Ale 9-1 (9-8) Prominent, ridden 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 5l behind Mitchum (9-2) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jun.
Holy Angel (IRE) 11-2 (8-13) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, kept on and caught post, 2nd of 7, ns behind Circuitous (9-6) at Carlisle 6f app hcp (5) gd.
Diamond Blue 14-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, towards rear, effort over 1f out, no impression, 13th of 15, 7l behind Ziggy Lee (9-2) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Ayasha 7-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, driven and ran on inside final furlong, took 2nd close home, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Mandalay King (9-10) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.