A highly competitive contest with three of these bidding for a hat-trick. Shubaat is upped 10lb as he goes handicapping for the first time along with Ffos Las winner Master Malt. Masterofdeception has been raised 8lb after landing a double with a victory at Aintree and Monetary Fund is not out of this either off his current mark. Scotsbrook Cloud is upped a couple of grades after scoring at Market Rasen but TORNADO BOB went close in a decent handicap at Worcester last month. He had On The Bridge well beaten but still gets only a tentative vote in such an open race.
On The Bridge (IRE) 11-4 (11-9) Mid-division, pushed along towards rear after 7th, well beaten before 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 12, 27l behind Bob Keown (10-6) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Jun.
Tornado Bob (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Took keen hold, led clear 2nd until before 4 out, not fluent last, headed towards finish, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Bob Keown (10-6) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Jun.
Shubaat 5-2fav (11-5) Held up, headway after 5th, challenged after 3 out, led and went slightly left last, driven flat, stayed on, won at Fontwell 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun beating Mercers Court (10-9) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
Master Malt 10-11fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3 out, ridden to lead run-in, kept on well, won at Ffos Las 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun beating Roll On Ruby (10-5) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Monetary Fund (USA) 7-4fav (11-2) Chased clear leaders, ridden after 3 out, 5 lengths 3rd before last, went 2nd flat, no impression on winner, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Qulinton (11-0) at Stratford 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in May.
Masterofdeception (IRE) 9-4 (11-1) Tracked leaders, not fluent and lost place 3rd, not fluent next, closed before 8th, challenged from 3 out, led when not fluent last, driven out, won at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Jun beating Frontier Vic (10-0) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Refer 7-2 (11-4) Towards rear, headway before 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Bowie (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Jun.
Hopstrings 16-1 (11-7) Led, clear after 1st until slow 2nd, headed after 4th, no extra approaching last, weakened flat, 5th of 12, 21l behind Masterofdeception (11-1) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Jun.
Colebrooke 11-2 (10-0) Led, jumped right 3 out and 2 out, headed before last, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Rumble Of Thunder (10-7) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gd in May.
Scotsbrook Cloud 9-1 (11-11) Held up in close 5th, headway tracking leader 3 out, led narrowly 2 out, came clear from last, won at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd beating Weather Babe (11-4) by 4l, 10 ran.
Cape York 4-1 (11-5) Led, not that fluent, headed 5th, soon led again, mistake 4 out, headed 3 out, mistake and no extra from next, 6th of 8, 16l behind Vesperal Dream (11-5) at Aintree 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Green Wizard (IRE) 11-4 (9-11) Tracked leader, joined leader 6th, led narrowly 4 out, driven 2 out, ridden and headed between last 2, no impression in 4th flat, 4th of 5, 8l behind Bell Weir (10-3) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Jun.