Snow Squall arrives in the best form having won at Hamilton and steps up in trip under a penalty for this. Devilment has posted only modest efforts at Newmarket either side of winning at Kempton while Fun Mac, Purple Spectrum and Belfilo have lost their way a little since scoring earlier in the season. Samtu remains without a win so that leaves NORSE STAR. He scored over today's trip at Nottingham in May and finished well ahead of Snow Squall when fourth at Salisbury last month. Sylvester Kirk's charge looks capable of winning again off his current mark and gets the vote.
Devilment 11-2 (9-2) Held up, took keen hold, ridden and effort 2f out, no impression, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 8l behind Top Tug (8-10) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs in May.
Fun Mac (GER) 10-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, led early, tracked leaders, switched left over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, last of 8, 18l behind Second Step (9-7) at Newbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Snow Squall 3-1fav (8-8) In touch, headway and switched left 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on, won at Hamilton 1m 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Piton (8-8) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Norse Star (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, led narrowly 3f out, ridden and headed entering final furlong, one pace and lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Kinshasa (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun.
Purple Spectrum 16-1 (9-1) Soon led, pushed along and headed 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 8l behind Second Step (9-7) at Newbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Belfilo (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Raced wide in mid-division, pushed along and edged left 4f out, no progress final 2f, 10th of 15, 16l behind Adventure Seeker (9-5) at York 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Samtu (IRE) 7-2 (8-7) Held up in touch, chased leaders over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to take 2nd final 75 yards, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Raise Your Gaze (8-10) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.