Official ratings point to a comfortable victory for CREEK FALCON, who also has a 7lb claimer to aid his cause. David O'Meara's charge has won two handicaps already this season and though beaten at this level at Wolverhampton last time he didn't enjoy the best of runs. Chunky Diamond isn't too far behind in the ratings and would have an obvious chance if anywhere near his best but he ran poorly at Beverley last time. The three-year-old Shillito is still a maiden after 13 starts though he's gone close on several occasions but Shamrocked has already been beaten at this level.
Chunky Diamond (IRE) 22-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, towards rear, headway on outside 2f out, no impression, well held and edged right over 1f out, 12th of 13, 25l behind Master Bond (9-5) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Creek Falcon (IRE) 11-4fav (9-9) Prominent early, mid-division, not much room over 2f out, soon ridden, no impression on leaders, 6th of 9, 7l behind Fluctuation (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol.
Bix (IRE) 200-1 (8-8) Outpaced, last of 6, 16l behind Hopes N Dreams (8-5) at Hamilton 6f cond Stakes (2) gs.
One Kool Dude 11-2 (8-13) Behind, headway far side over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 4th towards finish, never nearer, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Ambitious Icarus (9-6) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Shamrocked (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) Close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 16, 10l behind Imperator Augustus (9-6) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Shillito 5-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed appropaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Hi Filwah (9-5) at Newcastle 5f mdn stks (5) gs.
Annie Gogh 20-1 (8-7) Started slowly, towards rear, headway over 1f out, pushed along and kept on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 5th of 11, 3l behind Viennese Verse (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Cymeriad 17-2 (8-5) Chased leader 2f, chased leaders, went 2nd again 2f out until ridden over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 5th of 11, 4l behind Gaelic Wizard (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.