Plenty with claims in the opener and though Captain Midnight sets the standard with an official mark of 71 it would be no surprise if one or more of the opposition proved too good. Steele Ranger drops back in trip after a third at Kempton while Heroique also came up short over 6f at Pontefract last time. Bob Masnicken and Elite Freedom are expected to improve for their recent debuts but so is LUCY PARSONS. She showed plenty of pace when fourth on her introduction at Ripon so David Barron's filly gets the nod to open her account. Stable companion Precariously Good is a newcomer to note.
Absconder (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened 1f out, 6th of 7, 20l behind Memory Styx (8-8) at Hamilton 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jul.
Alaskan Night (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Chased leader, effort well over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 8l behind Complicit (9-5) at Ripon 5f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jul.
Argent Touch 16-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened over 1f out, last of 4, 16l behind Zaraee (9-5) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Bob Masnicken 12-1 (9-5) Taken to post early, tracked winner, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, last of 4, 4l behind Bounty Hunter (9-5) at Ffos Las 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Captain Midnight (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Prominent on inside, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Back Lane (9-5) at Pontefract 5f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Jul.
Steele Ranger 7-2 (9-5) Led, ridden and narrowly headed over 1f out, lost 2nd 1f out, 3rd and held when hampered inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind About Turn (9-5) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jul.
The Hooded Claw (IRE) 15-8fav (9-0) Pushed along in rear, closed over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, last of 5, 5l behind Rosebay Coral (8-8) at Ripon 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in May.
Elite Freedom (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Chased leaders 2f, soon behind and outpaced, stayed on to chase leaders final furlong, never on terms, 4th of 6, 2 1/2l behind Speed The Plough (9-5) at Windsor 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.