Escape To Glory has won five times but never at this level so looks a few pounds too high. EARTH DRUMMER has been acquired from Jim Bolger and looks a very interesting recruit for David O'Meara as he's dropped 3lb in the ratings despite a fair run in a very strong handicap at the Curragh. He could well prove better class than these rivals so is given the nod to make a successful start for Middleham Park Racing. Fieldgunner Kirkup likes a bit of cut in the ground and it was soft going when Wilde Inspiration scored at Newcastle in May. Repetition stepped up to this grade on his hat-trick attempt at Newcastle but was found wanting, as was Mu'Ajiza in a Listed event at Pontefract, but Equity Risk has gradually dropped to what looks a fair mark and is expected to go well.
Escape To Glory (USA) 6-1 (10-0) Held up, headway 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, idled near finish, won at Ayr 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jul beating Powerful Presence (10-0) by 1l, 7 ran.
Earth Drummer (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Soon raced in far side group, 17th halfway, improved to get on terms 2f out, headed and kept on same pace from 1f out, 9th of 23, 4 1/2l behind Line Of Reason (8-3) at Curragh 6f hcp gf in Jun.
Repetition 7-2fav (9-6) Close up, ridden and faded inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 7l behind Laffan (9-11) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Mu'ajiza 12-1 (9-0) Always behind, 8th of 10, 37l behind Audacia (9-0) at Pontefract 1m fll lst stks (1) sft in Jul.
Equity Risk (USA) 16-1 (9-13) Held up in touch, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 11l behind Anderiego (9-8) at York 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Nameitwhatyoulike 14-1 (9-12) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 8, 8l behind Lady Frances (9-1) at Catterick 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Favourite Treat (USA) 6-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden halfway, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 7l behind Forceful Appeal (9-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Our Boy Jack (IRE) 6-1 (10-2) Towards rear, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 11th of 13, 11l behind My Single Malt (9-8) at Chester 1m ldy hcp (4) gf in Jul.
Fieldgunner Kirkup (GER) 4-1 (9-7) Led, ridden and headed narrowly over 1f out, driven to lead again inside final furlong, edged right and headed post, 2nd of 7, hd behind Sophisticated Heir (9-6) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Jun.
Wilde Inspiration (IRE) 11-4fav (9-12) Held up in rear, pushed along over 2f out, stayed on to take 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Comanchero (8-11) at Chester 1m 3yo app hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Relight My Fire 5-1 (9-6) Behind, ridden and headway over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 5l behind Kimbali (9-2) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
Native Falls (IRE) 5-4fav (9-0) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 5l behind Angel Flores (9-0) at Thirsk 6f 3yo stk 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.