A tricky contest as the two with the best recent form have a bit to prove on Fibresand. Duke Of Rainford won at Newcastle recently but his previous efforts at this track don't fill one with confidence, while Novalist scored at Redcar in June but has yet to race on this surface. A chance is taken on SHAKESPEARES EXCEL, who went close over C&D back in April and is only 1lb higher today. Pickled Pumpkin was beaten too far when third here last time to be a strong fancy, while C&D winner Egyptian Lord remains out of sorts.
No Mean Trick (USA) 33-1 (9-2) Awkward leaving stalls, outpaced, never on terms, 5th of 9, 7l behind Eastern Hills (9-1) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Jul.
Duke of Rainford 10-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, driven over 1f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong to lead final 50 yards, won at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Jul beating Dispol Grand (9-6) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Novalist 7-2 (8-5) Chased winner to over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Rylee Mooch (9-5) at Carlisle 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Pickled Pumpkin 33-1 (8-6) Slowly into stride, raced on rail, reminders over 4f out, led inside final 3f, ridden and headed 2f out, chased winner, ridden and edged left over 1f out, no chance when lost 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Upper Lambourn (9-8) at Southwell 5f 3yo clm stks (6) fbs in Jul.
Shakespeares Excel 5-1 (8-7) Raced center mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 4th of 9, 3l behind Liberty Ship (9-7) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul.
Diademas (USA) 40-1 (8-2) Hampered start, in touch in rear, ridden halfway, soon weakened, last of 6, 20l behind Go Nani Go (9-9) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Bombay Mist 66-1 (8-4) Dwelt and hampered start, outpaced, last of 9, 14l behind Tsar Bomba (8-12) at Southwell 5f sell stks (6) fbs in Feb.
Egyptian Lord 80-1 (8-7) In rear, outpaced halfway, 7th of 9, 14l behind Sleepy Blue Ocean (9-6) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Jun.
Mrs Medley 100-1 (8-7) Chased leading pair, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 9l behind Bouncy Bouncy (9-7) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Jul.