Ronald Barr's JUST SAM was narrowly beaten behind Yorkshire Blue here last time and she looks worth siding with on that evidence, getting the vote ahead of Kingsgate Castle and Ghost Dancer. Milton Bradley's gelding ran on well when successful at Warwick last month but a 5lb rise for that win may prevent him from following up. Julie Camacho's Elkhorn has been running consistently well of late and makes more appeal than Tom Dascombe's Maryolini, who would need to step up on recent efforts to trouble the judge. The David Evans-trained Gurteen Diamond is less exposed than most of these but he looks a shade high in the weights and of more interest may be Kingsgate Castle. Gay Kelleway's gelding has run to a decent level of form of late and he should be thereabouts again but preference is for Just Sam, who is taken to record another success at a track where he goes better than anywhere else having won here three times previously.
Ghost Dancer 11-4fav (9-1) Took keen hold early, held up, headway towards outside over 1f out, chased leader inside final furlong, driven and ran on to lead final 100 yards, won at Warwick 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug beating Triple Dream (9-2) by nk, 8 ran.
Just Sam (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Led, ridden over 1f out, caught post, 2nd of 14, shd behind Yorkshire Blue (8-7) at Redcar 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Gurteen Diamond 13-2 (8-10) Held up mid-division, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Billy Red (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Ryedane (IRE) 25-1 (8-5) Went left and bumped start, in rear, kept on inside final furlong, never dangerous, 9th of 16, 2l behind King Of Swords (8-8) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Maryolini 9-2 (8-10) Prominent, chased winner over 2f out, no impression when lost 2nd and weakened inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Jaconet (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f fll hcp (0-75) (5) pol in Mar.
Kingsgate Castle 7-2 (8-12) Held up in touch, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 4th of 12, 1 1/4l behind Obe Brave (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (6) pol.
Kunte Kinteh 16-1 (9-0) Started slowly and behind, never dangerous, 9th of 14, 7l behind Steel Blue (9-0) at Doncaster 6f hcp (5) gf in Jul '08.
Elkhorn 9-2 (8-7) With leader, ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Yorkshire Blue (8-7) at Redcar 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Captain Royale (IRE) 11-2 (8-1) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd beating Sunley Sovereign (8-12) by 1l, 12 ran.
Lambency (IRE) 12-1 (8-0) Handy, pushed along 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 11, 8l behind Milton Of Campsie (9-4) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Foreign Rhythm (IRE) 33-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, pushed along before halfway, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 14, 12l behind Yorkshire Blue (8-7) at Redcar 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Rainbow Bay 20-1 (8-1) Slowly into stride, in rear, pushed along over 2f out, never a factor, 9th of 11, 7l behind Milton Of Campsie (9-4) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Avoncreek 25-1 (8-1) Chased leader to 2f out, soon ridden and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 9, 5l behind Welsh Opera (8-12) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.