Ralphy Boy wasn't able to get an uncontested lead at Chester last week so his run at the Roodee is best ignored, but he may find SPACE WAR too hot to handle on this occasion. Mick Easterby's seven-year-old hasn't been the easiest horse to catch right though he won in convincing fashion at Thirsk and he wasn't far away from following up at Beverley. Border Bandit is a course and distance winner and the gelding has been a credit to his connections with three victories this term. Fazza has the chance to reverse Pontefract form with him at much more favourable terms and Edwin Tuer's charge cannot be ruled out from doing so. David O'Meara has engaged the services of a smart 7lb claimer for Shouranour and any market confidence behind the former John Oxx inmate should not be ignored.
Wannabe King Evensfav (9-3) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 4, 3/4l behind Classic Colori (8-8) at Doncaster 1m clm stks (5) gf.
Border Bandit (USA) 5-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, pushed along 3f out, led over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, won at Beverley 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd beating Sophisticated Heir (9-12) by 3l, 10 ran.
Ralphy Boy (IRE) 7-1 (9-11) Dwelt, mid-division, went 5th over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 10l behind Repetition (10-0) at Chester 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Lilac Lace (IRE) 9-4 (9-7) Pressed leader, led 4f out, ridden and edged left over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra final 100 yards, 5th of 6, 8l behind True Pleasure (9-0) at Catterick 7f flls hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Jun.
Take It To The Max 40-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden 3f out, lost place 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 30l behind Dubai Hills (9-7) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gs in May.
Shouranour (IRE) 11-2 (9-6) Led, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 8l behind Bishop's Castle (9-7) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Fazza 8-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, effort on outside over 2f out, ridden and no impression when hung right over 1f out, 11th of 15, 6l behind Another For Joe (9-6) at Carlisle 1m hcp (4) gf in Jun.
Space War 13-2 (9-12) Mid-division, headway over 5f out, went 2nd over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 6th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Jacbequick (9-0) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.