WHAT'S THE POINT went close over today's trip in similar ground at Musselburgh last time and gets a token vote to go one better. It was soft going when Triple Eight finished third at Newcastle recently and Sir George makes more appeal as he was beaten only a couple of lengths despite finishing fifth at Pontefract three weeks ago just ahead of Talent Scout. Broctune Papa Gio has been in better form of late and Iceblast is another to consider.
Dream Win 10-1 (8-11) Towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, no impression, 8th of 10, 13l behind Polish World (9-6) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-85 (4) fm in May.
Sir George (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) In touch, headway to track leader over 2f out, ridden and every chance 1f out, no extra towards finish, 5th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Woolston Ferry (8-11) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Triple Eight (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Le Chat D'or (9-4) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
What's The Point 6-1 (9-7) Led early, tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, led inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 12, nk behind Mia Madonna (8-11) at Musselburgh 1m app hcp (5) gf in May.
Broctune Papa Gio 6-1 (9-1) Mid-division, hampered 5f out, ridden over 3f out, headway over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 15, 1 3/4l behind Hakuna Matata (9-4) at Carlisle 1m app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Talent Scout (IRE) 18-1 (8-12) Pulled hard in rear, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 11, 2l behind Woolston Ferry (8-11) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Iceblast 3-1fav (9-2) Chased leaders, driven 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Jupiter Fidius (8-5) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Cross The Boss (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Dwelt, always behind, last of 13, 21l behind Classic Descent (8-10) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Jun '11.
Izzet 5-1 (8-4) Held up in touch, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 13l behind Copperwood (9-4) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Gadobout Dancer 10-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, chased leader 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Fenella Fudge (9-5) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Benidorm 14-1 (9-13) In touch, ridden over 1f out, faded entering final furlong, 7th of 14, 11l behind Hab Reeh (10-0) at Redcar 6f Amateur Maiden Handicap (0-65) (4yo+) (6) gf.
Desert Hunter (IRE) 25-1 (8-0) Took keen hold, held up, always towards rear, 14th of 15, 20l behind Hakuna Matata (9-4) at Carlisle 1m app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Byron Bear (IRE) 16-1 (8-2) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on well to go 3rd inside final furlong, not reach leading pair, 3rd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Eeny Mac (8-0) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Stillington 22-1 (8-11) Close up, ridden over 4f out, weakened 3f out, 10th of 13, 34l behind Ptolomeos (8-2) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in May.
Northgate Lodge (USA) 20-1 (8-11) Soon led, ridden over 2f out, headed well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 8l behind Nina Rose (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Pelican Rock (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Pressed leader, led 3f out, ridden 2f out, headed narrowly over 1f out, kept on and every chance until no extra final 50 yards, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Sabhan (9-5) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gs in May.
Outlaw Torn (IRE) 5-2fav (8-3) Pulled hard early, held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 9, 6l behind Compton Target (7-11) at Leicester 7f 3yo clm (6) gs.
Minne Wa Wa 50-1 (9-0) Prominent, took keen hold, led over 6f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened over 1f out, 14th of 15, 30l behind Tactfully (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 2yo stks (5) gf in Sep.
Kieron's Rock (IRE) 40-1 (8-9) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 27l behind Sea Fever (9-6) at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gs.