A small field but all have chances including Shimba Hills, who has only had four runs and produced his best effort on this track. Greed Is Good looked progressive when scoring at Thirsk then managed to get boxed in at Kempton when there were only six runners. FAIR FLUTTER has improved with every run and though handed the verdict in the stewards room at Beverley would have been an unlucky loser so he gets the nod with further progress likely. Vine De Nada has been running in much better company over shorter trips since scoring at Beverley while Xanthos scored easily at Newcastle before finishing last in a big sales race at York and second in a three-runner race at Sandown. Al Baz has won three of his last five and finished last in the other two and looks high in the weights.
Al Baz 15-2 (9-0) Made virtually all, ridden and strongly pressed from 2f out, held on, won at Catterick 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Threetimesalady (8-11) by ns, 10 ran.
Xanthos 3-1 (9-3) Set steady pace until quickened halfway, challenged from over 2f out, headed just over 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 3, 2 1/4l behind Signposted (9-0) at Sandown 7f 2yo nov stk (4) hvy.
Greed Is Good 8-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 4th of 6, 6l behind Day Of Conquest (9-0) at Kempton 1m Conditions Stakes (2yo) (4) pol.
Vine de Nada 100-1 (8-7) Slow into stride always in rear, 13th of 15, 12l behind Toofi (8-7) at Newmarket 6f 2yo aut (2) gd.
Shimba Hills 9-1 (8-13) Not much room and slowly into stride, held up, headway over 5f out, went 2nd over 4f out until ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 5l behind Finn Class (8-10) at Chester 7f 2yo hcp (4) gf in Jul.
Fair Flutter (IRE) 14-1 (8-3) Towards rear, headway on outer from over 2f out, ridden and ran on final furlong, pressing winner when bumped near finish and just held (awarded race), won at Beverley 1m 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Ocean Storm (9-7) by shd, 9 ran.