The feature race of the day can go to TABARET ahead of Red Cape and Five Star Junior. The last-named held on well at Ayr last time out when partnered by Keiren Fallon but has a harder task here under a 2lb penalty. We prefer Tabaret who beat him at Doncaster in May and has held his form well since. Trainer Richard Whitaker had an impressive winner at Thirsk on Tuesday and off a favourable mark this course and distance winner can get back to winning ways. Esprit De Midas is 5lb higher than when second to Bond City at Ripon in April and that looks a tough mark (last win came off 79) so a bigger threat could be Red Cape who has been edging down the handicap but hinted at a return to form at Thirsk last time out. Discanti is another who may be too high in the handicap but his form has a solid feel to it, Indian Skipper looks to be lurking at the foot of the weights on a nice mark, whilst Jarrow and Sunrise Safari are both better than their latest efforts would suggest. The mare Filligree who ran well at Bath last time and the (generally) consistent Go Go Green are both considered, however the vote is given to Tabaret.
Five Star Junior (USA) 15-2 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway well over 1f out, led last 100 yards, soon ridden, just held on, won at Ayr 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May beating The Nifty Fox (9-2) by hd, 11 ran.
Esprit de Midas 15-2 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 13, 13l behind Tajneed (9-3) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Tabaret 22-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, every chance 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 18, 3 1/2l behind Baby Strange (9-4) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Filligree (IRE) 7-1 (9-11) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, ran on to take 2nd near finish, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Drawnfromthepast (9-7) at Bath 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Go Go Green (IRE) 14-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, ridden 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Hotham (9-11) at York 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Sunrise Safari (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Raced center, chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, hung right over 1f out, 11th of 13, 20l behind Damika (9-1) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Jarrow (IRE) 6-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, under pressure halfway, soon weakened, last of 9, 12l behind Parisian Pyramid (8-13) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May.
Discanti (IRE) 10-1 (9-13) Raced alone far side, on terms until weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 6l behind Cornus (8-7) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Red Cape (FR) 7-2 (9-5) Led stands side group and overall leader, hard ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Cornus (8-7) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Indian Skipper (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Started very slowly, raced stand side, held up in rear, never a factor, 9th of 14, 6l behind Cornus (8-7) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.