BLACKBALL looked an improved performer when scoring at Yarmouth on his return to action. That didn't escape the attention of the handicapper and he's been raised 8lb but David Lanigan's charge has plenty of scope and can go in again. Darkside is another recent winner who can figure having won over 7f here last month and Red Paladin landed his maiden over the same distance at this track in April. Dialogue should be taking advantage of his tumble down the weights before long and is preferred to Illustrious Prince.
Illustrious Prince (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Hampered start, chased leaders, lost place over 2f out,, 8th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Just Paul (8-7) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Dialogue 7-1 (9-1) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Smalljohn (9-6) at Carlisle 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Red Paladin (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) In rear, detached over 4f out, headway over 2f out, ridden 1f out, stayed on well, nearest at finish, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Baltic Prince (8-7) at Carlisle 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Solarmaite 10-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 1l behind Key Ambition (9-9) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Moral Issue 20-1 (8-11) Slowly away, towards rear, effort over 1f out, ridden entering final furlong, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 9l behind Talent Scout (9-0) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Blue Maisey 10-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd on outer, ridden over 2f out, one pace, 5th of 7, 10l behind Regal Hawk (9-0) at Carlisle 1m 1f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Master Of Song 5-1 (9-4) Very slowly away behind, wide into straight over 2f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, not reach leaders, 5th of 13, 5l behind Jebel Tara (9-12) at Southwell 7f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in May.
Blackball (USA) 8-1 (9-6) Towards rear, reminders over 3f out, headway 2f out, ridden to lead when hung left entering final furlong, ridden out, won at Yarmouth 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May beating Aloha (9-5) by 1 3/4l, 14 ran.
Storma Norma 4-1 (8-6) Raced wide close up, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 16l behind Jodies Jem (8-11) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Red Charmer (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Pushed along in mid-division, ridden over 2f out, not trouble leaders, 7th of 12, 8l behind Running Reef (9-11) at Catterick 7f mdn stks 0-65 (6) gs in May.
Conjuror's Bluff 100-1 (8-1) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, ridden 2f out, no extra final furlong, 4th of 7, 5l behind Dubious Escapade (9-3) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Team Challenge 22-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 14, 21l behind Krupskaya (9-4) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft in May.
Darkside 13-2 (9-1) Went right start, prominent, led 2f out, hung right and headed over 1f out, rallied inside final furlong, led towards finish, won at Redcar 7f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May beating Hot Mustard (9-4) by 3/4l, 16 ran.