Mr Wolf loves it around here and won this a year ago. He can never be dismissed and is now dropping to a reasonable mark. Mandurah has won nine times in a long career but never on this stiff 5f and his trainer may have a better chance with Besty, who won off an 8lb higher mark at Hamiliton a year ago. Maryolini had Port Ronan just under two lengths behind when scoring at Beverley and can confirm the form over the subsequent winner. The form figures of GALA SPIRIT don't encourage much support but she had some very useful form in Ireland and though well beaten recently she's dropped to a very lowly mark and this could be her day.
Mr Wolf 12-1 (9-9) Quickly away, led, pushed 3 lengths ahead over 1f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 4l behind Powerful Pierre (9-0) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Sleepy Blue Ocean 6-1 (9-6) Prominent, ridden halfway, pressed leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon pressed, held on gamely, won at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Jun beating Boogie Waltzer (9-1) by nk, 9 ran.
Mandurah (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Dwelt always in rear, 9th of 12, 8l behind Angelo Poliziano (9-5) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Desert Strike 14-1 (9-6) Held up mid-division, effort over 1f out, never dangerous, 7th of 10, 8l behind Red Roar (8-12) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Silvanus (IRE) 10-1 (9-12) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on and no impression, 7th of 15, 8l behind Time Medicean (9-6) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Besty 5-1 (9-5) Chased leader, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened quickly, tailed off and eased, last of 9, 40l behind Powerful Pierre (9-0) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Maryolini 10-1 (9-8) Raced stand side held up, headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on one pace, 5th of 14, 5l behind Istiqdaam (9-9) at Leicester 6f app hcp (6) gf.
Commander Wish 40-1 (8-13) Tracked winner, ridden 2f out, not pace to challenge, 2nd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Port Ronan (8-10) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Gala Spirit (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride and switched right after start, always behind, 16th of 17, 20l behind Your Gifted (9-2) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun.
Port Ronan (USA) 9-2 (8-10) Taken to post early, made most, ridden over 1f out, never in danger, won at Beverley 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf beating Commander Wish (8-13) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
King Of Swords (IRE) 13-2 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, no impression 1f out, last of 7, 7l behind Liberty Ship (9-1) at Doncaster 5f app hcp (6) gd.