Clock On Tom hasn't run a bad race all year and, though high enough in the weights now, should give another good account in a tricky finale. District Attorney ran his best race so far at Beverley last month but Triple Eight was beaten in a claimer last time and Bunce tries a new trip. ICY BLUE isn't exactly reliable but is 9lb lower than when an unlucky third in this race 12 months ago and could gain compensation with Noel Garbutt taking off a further 7lb. Border Bandit is receiving weight all round and has been in better form lately so could also get involved.
Triple Eight (IRE) 5-1 (9-8) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leader inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Yorksters Prince (8-11) at Redcar 1m 2f Claiming Stakes (0-75) (3yo+) (6) gf in Jun.
Bunce (IRE) 11-4 (9-13) Close, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 6l behind Salvatore Fury (8-9) at Carlisle 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Cheers For Thea (IRE) 14-1 (9-12) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 7th of 8, 5l behind Al Thumama (8-9) at Hamilton 1m fll hcp (5) gd in May.
Fraserburgh (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Always towards rear, 10th of 12, 28l behind Hill Of Dreams (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun.
Thatcherite (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 8l behind King Kurt (9-12) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Dubai Celebration 11-2 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Fighter Boy (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Mcmonagle (IRE) 15-2 (9-12) Mid-division, pushed along halfway, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 8th of 16, 6l behind Iceblast (9-7) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Icy Blue 9-1 (8-4) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, hampered well over 1f out, soon switched left, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 12, 11l behind Talent Scout (9-7) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Clock On Tom 9-4fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, headway 2f out, ridden to chase leader inside final 2f, kept on same pace, no extra and dropped to 5th towards finish, 5th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Lexington Blue (8-9) at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
District Attorney (IRE) 40-1 (8-2) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Joyful Sound (8-5) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
The Blue Banana (IRE) 16-1 (8-5) Held up, ridden over 2f out, headway entering final furlong, not trouble leaders, 5th of 10, 7l behind Ingleby Angel (9-12) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Border Bandit (USA) 4-1 (8-4) In touch in 4th, pushed along over 3f out, headway over 2f out, kept on same pace, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Hydrant (8-9) at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.