An interesting handicap where Cornus will be short listed along with Sam's Secret and Hustle, but preference is for RUNSWICK BAY. George Moore is more than capable of having one ready to go after a lengthy lay off and Runswick Bay fits the bill. The Intikhab gelding looked likely to be a decent handicapper for some time when scoring over 6f at Pontefract a couple of years ago, but he went lame at Ripon last year and has not been seen now for just over 12 months. He acts on any ground, does not have a bad draw here, and is back on a very handy mark over a trip that looks ideal, so we'll suggest him. Sam's Secret won five out of six back in 2007, and was runner-up on three successive occasions last summer, when racing over a mile. There is no reason why he can't be effective over this shorter trip, though a 4lb rise makes things tougher. Cornus was a 6f winner here last time on fast ground, despite meeting traffic problems en route. He is bred to get at least this far and a 5lbs rise won't stop him being a leading player. Trip and ground will suit Horatio Carter, whose last run we can put a line through, and with the stable firing he can get involved in the shake-up. He is much respected, but we'll take a chance on Runswick Bay.
Game Lad 11-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, always behind, last of 12, 22l behind Shotley Mac (8-4) at Catterick 7f hcap (4) gs in Oct.
Ponty Rossa (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Chased leaders far side, led far side group final furlong, no chance with stands side leaders, 6th of 16, 2 1/4l behind High Curragh (8-11) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Borasco (USA) 5-1 (9-1) Chased leader until over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 2l behind Xpres Maite (9-4) at Southwell 6f hcap (3) fbs in Feb.
Hustle (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Mid-division, pushed along halfway, not clear run over 1f out, soon switched right, ran on towards finish, 5th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Rash Judgement (9-1) at Folkestone 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Sam's Secret 6-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, smooth headway over 2f out, shaken to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Flying Clarets (9-0) at Hamilton 1m fll stks (3) gd in Jun.
Zomerlust 40-1 (9-1) Prominent far side group, weakened final furlong, 11th of 20, 13l behind Mister Hardy (8-11) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Mar.
Cornus 3-1fav (9-4) In rear, headway over 2, strong run to lead near finish, won at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fm in Apr beating Medici Time (8-7) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Horatio Carter 5-1 (8-13) Led, headed 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 9, 22l behind Kings Point (9-10) at Thirsk 7f hcap (4) sft in Sep.
Runswick Bay 33-1 (8-13) Always behind, pulled up 6f out, in a race won by Cobo Bay (9-7) at Ripon 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Apr '08, 6 ran.
Methaaly (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 6th of 13, 6l behind Peter Island (8-12) at Leicester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Bold Marc (IRE) 33-1 (8-6) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon driven and no impression, 7th of 10, 7l behind Quest For Success (9-1) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-90 (3) fm in Apr.
Leonid Glow 14-1 (8-7) Held up stands side group, effort halfway, no impression from over 1f out, 10th of 16, 6l behind High Curragh (8-11) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Novellen Lad (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Always behind, 15th of 16, 18l behind Elysee Palace (9-3) at Newbury 7f 3yo hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Compton's Eleven 11-1 (9-4) Mid-division, effort halfway, no impression, 8th of 10, 6l behind Turn Me On (9-1) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Spirit of France (IRE) 50-1 (8-6) Held up in touch far side group and raced wide, weakened over 1f out, 15th of 16, 15l behind High Curragh (8-11) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
I Confess 25-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, effort 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 13, 2l behind Sarah's Art (8-9) at Warwick 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.