Xclaim had ran well in decent ground before his recent win in soft going at Pontefract and should be thereabouts again. Preference goes to KALK BAY, however, as he finished a close-up fifth at Doncaster last time in much better company than this and a repeat effort should bring an end to his long losing run. Al Furat has lost his way since scoring over a shorter trip here in June and C&D winner Law To Himself also arrives out of sorts. Zaplamation could make the frame on his best form while Chatterati has shown a bit more of late having slipped down the weights.
Waltz Darling (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, 6th of 7, well behind Union Island (9-9) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Jun.
Xclaim 9-4fav (9-11) Held up in rear, pushed along over 2f out, headway on outer over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Pontefract 1m 2f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Jul beating Tobrata (8-9) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Kalk Bay (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Held up in last trio, switched right to outside and headway over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, unable to reach leaders, 5th of 11, 1 3/4l behind Art Scholar (9-4) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jul.
Strike Force 13-2 (9-11) Pulled hard, saddle slipped leaving stalls, headway on wide outside to chase leaders 8f out, eased halfway, behind and unseated rider 4f out, in a race won by Pertuis (8-11) at Pontefract 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul, 11 ran.
Al Furat (USA) 7-1 (9-1) Dwelt, in rear, ridden and headway 3f out, kept on final 2f, never near leaders, 7th of 12, 17l behind The High Man (9-13) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Law To Himself (IRE) 4-1 (10-0) Took keen hold in last pair, ridden and beaten 3f out, 6th of 7, 17l behind The Oil Magnate (10-0) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Jul.
Medieval Bishop (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Held up, never on terms, 10th of 12, 27l behind Ascription (9-2) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jul.
Cottam Donny 11-8fav (9-5) Raced freely, led 1f, tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 10l behind Fenella Fudge (9-5) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jun.
Goodness 5-2 (9-7) Led, headed over 6f out, chased winner, lost place 2f out, soon ridden, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 21l behind Operateur (8-9) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Jul.
Rock Of Deauville (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Held up in last pair, ridden and short lived effort over 3f out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 39l behind Dispol Diva (8-2) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Jun.
Zaplamation (IRE) 11-1 (9-3) Dwelt switched left, keen held up in touch, headway to lead entering final 2f, headed inside final furlong, closed near finish when winner idled, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Eijaaz (9-8) at Catterick 1m 4f clm stks (6) sft in Jul.
Daliance (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, shaken up over 4f out, switched right and effort over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 6, 8l behind Mcvicar (8-9) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Jul.
Chatterati (USA) 5-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Luctor Emergo (8-9) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Jul.