Ruth Carr has her string in rude health currently and AL MUHEER could be another one for the North Yorkshire yard, having announced a return to form last time when hunting up Eeny Mac at Beverley. The nine-year-old is now 5lb lower than his last winning mark when obliging at Chester a year ago and can post a ninth career success in his 96th race. Tracy Waggott has two solid chances with course and distance winner, Border Bandit, and No Quarter, both of whom have gone well in the past week. They are preferred in that order as the former rates the more consistent of the pair. Al Mukhdam and Woody Bay have claims on the best of their form but both seem to have lost their way of late and are consequently best watched.
Al Mukhdam 7-1 (9-0) Prominent, led 5f out, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 9, 10l behind Mon Brav (8-10) at Catterick 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Al Muheer (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, effort over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on, unable to challenge winner, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Eeny Mac (9-0) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Shamaheart (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Soon led, ridden 2f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 6l behind Border Bandit (8-8) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs in May.
Woody Bay 5-1 (9-6) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon no impression, 8th of 9, 14l behind St Moritz (9-4) at Redcar 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in May.
Border Bandit (USA) 7-2 (8-11) Led, headed over 7f out, challenged over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Baraweez (9-7) at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
No Quarter (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Pulled hard and prominent, led over 3f out, headed over 1f out, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Orpsie Boy (9-7) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Charles De Mille 14-1 (8-8) Raced wide held up, ridden and headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 12l behind Border Bandit (8-8) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs in May.
Janaab (IRE) 9-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 5th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Mercers Row (9-0) at Carlisle 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.