Valantino Oyster wasn't beaten far when third at Hamilton on Saturday and should figure again. But BRIGHT APPLAUSE went close over course and distance on his seasonal debut and can race off a lower mark today. Soft ground was a legitimate excuse for a below-par run last time and he gets the vote. Dabuki made all over 1m4f at Catterick last month but went out like a light when attempting 2m at Thirsk on his latest start. Opera Fan remains 4lb higher than her win at Beverley back in April but the unreliable Good Speech has run well on his last couple of visits to this track.
Valantino Oyster (IRE) 5-1 (10-0) Led, quickened 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, headed and dropped to 3rd final strides, 3rd of 5, 3/4l behind Clear Spell (8-12) at Hamilton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Good Speech (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Behind, struggling 4f out, driven and stayed on into mid-division inside final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 13, 16l behind Dance King (9-7) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Bright Applause 9-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 9, 7l behind Only Orsenfoolsies (9-11) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Jul.
Dabuki (FR) 7-1 (9-6) Led, pushed along over 3f out, headed 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened and eased over 1f out, last of 10, 42l behind Maoi Chinn Tire (8-9) at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Grand Liaison 8-1 (9-7) Headway tracking leaders after 1f, led 10f out, ridden over 1f out, soon headed, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 6l behind Bella Varenna (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 4f flls hcp (0-70) (3yo+) (5) pol in Jul.
Opera Fan (FR) 11-4fav (9-7) Led early, tracked leader, effort 3f out, every chance over 1f out, soon ridden, one pace when not much room inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 7, 4l behind Final Countdown (9-4) at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Two B's 50-1 (9-0) Towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, headway over 1f out, kept on to take 4th close home, 4th of 9, 15l behind Famous Kid (9-0) at Thirsk 1m mdn stks (5) sft in May.