HARRISON GEORGE is taken to score at the principal expense of Red Cape and Barons Spy. Connections have made little secret of the regard in which they hold this four-year-old and while he looked a little unlucky at York, he has a decent draw this afternoon and put simply, needs to win this in order to hold any chance of taking in the big sprint handicaps during the next few months. Red Cape reverts back to six having possibly not got home over further at York. If the ground dries, he will be thereabouts. Barons Spy may have been unfortunate to find a well handicapped horse in Thebes last time out. The draw has not been kind today. Spitfire ran his best race of the season at Ascot and could be one to look out for in the market. Northern Dare and C'Mon You Irons have won weaker contests at Pontefract earlier in the month with a fair degree of style. It is worth bearing in mind that these followed a positive 24hr deluge that left conditions decidedly soggy to say the least. Pawan tries his heart out and could place again if he stays the extra furlong. Wyatt Earp had some big paydays when trained by Richard Fahey though the suspicion is that he might not be so well handicapped. Bel Cantor has been busy on the all-weather in an attempt to cash in off a lower mark in that sphere. Harrison George gets the nod.
Northern Dare (IRE) 11-2 (9-11) Always prominent, led well over 1f out, ridden final furlong, ran on well, won at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-90 (3) sft beating Haajes (9-4) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Spitfire 28-1 (9-13) Pulled hard, held up in rear, on rail, not clear run from 2f out, until switched right over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, finished well to take 3rd final strides, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Street Power (8-12) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Pawan (IRE) 20-1 (9-9) In touch, pushed along halfway, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 13l behind Barons Spy (9-7) at Warwick 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jun.
Harrison George (IRE) 4-1fav (9-8) Started very slowly, detached in rear, still there 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 9th of 17, 7l behind Striking Spirit (9-11) at York 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Barons Spy (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Raced keenly, led over 1f, remained prominent, ridden to go 2nd 1f out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Thebes (9-6) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Northern Fling 14-1 (8-10) Chased leaders stands side, ridden over 2f out, no extra final furlong, 7th of 16, 10l behind Pavershooz (8-7) at Newcastle 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Dancing Maite 9-1 (9-6) Made virtually all, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun beating Silver Wind (9-3) by 3l, 19 ran.
Sunrise Safari (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden and kept on final furlong, 5th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Smarty Socks (9-2) at York 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Wyatt Earp (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 8th of 17, 7l behind Striking Spirit (9-11) at York 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Red Cape (FR) 13-2 (9-10) Close up, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 15, 2l behind Smarty Socks (9-2) at York 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Loch Jipp (USA) 50-1 (8-4) Chased leader, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 9, 22l behind Battle Paint (8-13) at Doncaster 6f cond Stakes (3) gd in Aug.
C'Mon You Irons (IRE) 7-2fav (9-7) Made virtually all, raced alone on inside rail 3f, switched to standside over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft beating Mey Blossom (9-6) by 6l, 11 ran.
Quiet Elegance 12-1 (9-3) Steadied in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on final furlong, never nearer, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Bounty Box (8-11) at Newmarket 6f (3) gd.
Bel Cantor 5-1 (8-13) Took keen hold, chased leader over 4f, last of 9, 7l behind Pumpkin (9-3) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Daaweitza 6-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 4th of 11, 7l behind Mount Hadley (9-10) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Ingleby Arch (USA) 11-2 (9-10) Mid-division on inner, ridden over 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 7th of 14, 7l behind Luscivious (9-6) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.