Brian Ellison's horses are always respected in handicaps of this nature and BISHOP'S CASTLE can follow up a recent success at York. The five-year-old has relatively few miles on the clock and if genuinely fast ground obtains, he should be able to cope with the handicapper's riposte. Muffin McLeay won this race in 2012 off a 2lb higher mark, and while he has yet to trouble the judge in the interim, he ran his best race for some time when second over course and distance last month. William Jarvis doesn't have many runners at this track so any support for Jodie's Jem is accordingly noted. Calm Attitude has progressed steeply up the handicap with four victories obtaining on a softer surface. Berlusca shaped well at Beverley over a trip short of her best, while Bureau is much better than what she showed at Chester.
Ginger Jack 12-1 (9-7) In touch on inside, ridden and stayed on same pace over 1f out, 6th of 16, 6l behind Johnno (9-3) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Bishop's Castle (USA) 7-2fav (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, led over 1f out, ridden and pressed inside final furlong, just held on post, won at York 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Innsbruck (9-8) by hd, 11 ran.
Muffin Mcleay (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) Dwelt close up, headway to chase leader over 2f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 5, nk behind Maybeme (8-12) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Jodies Jem 17-2 (9-6) Raced wide tracked leaders, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 3l behind Presburg (9-5) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Berlusca (IRE) 25-1 (10-0) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Relight My Fire (9-6) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Guising 12-1 (9-0) Soon led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened and eased over 1f out, tailed off, 10th of 11, 24l behind Chain Of Events (8-13) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Calm Attitude (IRE) 5-2fav (9-3) Took keen hold, held up in touch in last pair, smooth headway in 4th over 3f out, ridden and beaten 2f out, 4th of 6, 8l behind Aldborough (8-11) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in May.
Eeny Mac (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Led, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Border Bandit (9-9) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Arantes 8-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 4l behind Oasis Fantasy (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Bureau (IRE) 5-2 (9-4) Chased leaders in 3rd, in rear over 6f out, soon outpaced, went 3rd over 1f out, no impression, 3rd of 4, 9l behind Yenhaab (9-7) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.