Kiwi Bay is only a pound higher than when winning last year's final of this series in October, beating Mujaadel into the bargain, but he's been below par lately. Boom And Bust is chasing a hat-trick after wins at bath and Newbury but has gone up another 6lb since his last success, while Just Bond was put up 4lb after winning at Beverley four weeks ago and was a long way behind Kiwi Bay, Reel Buddy Star and Collateral Damage in this race 12 months ago. Northern Fling appears to have the beating of Cara's Request on Ayr running but the handicapper may have given a chance to GINGER JACK, who has needed his two runs this term and is now back on the same mark as when winning a decent contest over this trip on fast ground at Musselburgh last summer.
Kiwi Bay 20-1 (9-3) In rear, ridden when hampered over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 6l behind Kay Gee Be (8-12) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Ginger Jack 14-1 (9-1) Steadied start, behind, some late headway, never nearer, 8th of 11, 7l behind Dubai Dynamo (8-11) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May.
Boom And Bust (IRE) 7-2fav (9-2) Made all, set steady pace, quickened over 3f out, soon strongly challenged, stayed on strongly, won at Newbury 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May beating Avon River (9-2) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Reel Buddy Star 20-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, every chance from over 2f out, soon hard ridden, weakened closing stages, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Dubai Dynamo (8-11) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May.
Just Bond (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear and keen, headway on inner over 1f out, kept on to lead last 100 yards, won at Beverley 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May beating Cheers For Thea (9-2) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Collateral Damage (IRE) 28-1 (8-13) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, ridden and headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on to chase leading pair inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Majuro (8-9) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Cara's Request (AUS) 9-1 (9-7) Awkward leaving stalls, keen held up, headway on outer to chase leaders halfway, chased winner briefly over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 17l behind Masked Dance (9-3) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May.
Al Muheer (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Always in rear, last of 12, 11l behind Majuro (8-9) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Northern Fling 11-2 (9-2) Held up, ridden 3f out, kept on, not troubled leaders, 6th of 10, 11l behind Masked Dance (9-3) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May.
Mujaadel (USA) 10-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 18l behind Bawaardi (9-3) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Rasselas (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Chased leaders farside group in rear, pushed along 4f out, chased winner over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 6th of 10, 13l behind Xilerator (9-6) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
San Cassiano (IRE) 15-2 (9-4) With leaders, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, staying on pace and looking held when not much room and forced to switch left final 100 yards, 3rd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Sunset Kitty (9-6) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf.