ORPSIE BOY can follow up his recent course and distance success by getting the better of Glen Shiel and Noodles Blue Boy. The former smart handicapper had rather lost his way but it seems that a change of yards has rejuvenated him and he landed market support in good fashion nine days ago. He remains well enough handicapped on the best of his old form and is fancied to strike while the iron's hot. This is competitive and Noodles Blue Boy is sure to be popular with Ryan Moore booked for the ride but a wide draw is of no help to the gelding who has never won beyond the minimum. This stiff track should help Glen Shiel who battled on bravely to win over seven at Newmarket and could be improving whilst Cornus and Misplaced Fortune are in great nick at present. Stevie Gee hasn't been but is well handicapped if a visor can revive his fortunes whilst it would be folly to dismiss the claims of last year's winner Sunrise Safari who is 2lbs higher than for that win but on the same mark as when defeating Indian Skipper in April. However, Orpsie Boy is undeniably well handicapped and can prove another fine advertisement for his trainer's skills.
Cornus 8-1 (9-0) Mid-division, under pressure 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Hotham (9-6) at York 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Misplaced Fortune 3-1fav (9-10) In touch, ridden to join winner inside final furlong, ran on, always looked held, 2nd of 7, hd behind Pretty Bonnie (9-5) at Pontefract 6f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf in Jun.
Sunrise Safari (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) In touch stands side, ridden and weakened final furlong, 9th of 13, 16l behind Jonny Mudball (9-9) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun.
Discanti (IRE) 11-1 (8-13) In touch, hampered after 1f, soon pushed along, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, ran on inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 14, shd behind Hotham (9-6) at York 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Indian Skipper (IRE) 5-1 (9-9) Started slowly behind, headway under pressure on outside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Cornus (9-5) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Atlantic Story (USA) 12-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, edged left after 1f, effort over 1f out, soon hard ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 14, 5l behind Hotham (9-6) at York 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Noodles Blue Boy 7-4 (9-12) Led, ridden 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Atlantic Beach (9-1) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Glen Shiel (USA) 11-2 (9-6) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd inside final 3f led 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, won at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Right Grand (9-2) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Orpsie Boy (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Mid-division, headway 2f out, switched right over 1f out, led inside final furlong, driven out, won at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Fadhb Ar Bith (9-7) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Bel Cantor 20-1 (8-2) Chased leaders on outside, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 9l behind Elnawin (8-9) at Newmarket 5f cond Stakes (3) gf.
Stevie Gee (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, ridden over headway over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 4l behind Capponi (9-5) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf.