NEPTUNE EQUESTER is a smart performer over hurdles and fences and was having only his fourth start on the Flat when comfortably landing a maiden handicap at Carlisle last month when Word Of Warning was well behind. He's been put up 6lb for that success but is still potentially well treated and should take all the beating here if there is a decent gallop. Soprano also won easily at Carlisle last time and should make a bold bid to defy his penalty, while jockey bookings suggest Simple Jim is the pick of David O'Meara's two runners. Newcastle third Silent Lucidity can't be ruled out but White Deer may find this too great a test of stamina and Folk Tune doesn't win very often.
White Deer (USA) 5-2 (9-11) In touch in rear, headway and not clear run approaching final furlong, soon switched, ridden and ran on to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Yorksters Prince (8-13) at Redcar 1m 2f sell stks (6) gf in Jul.
Folk Tune (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Keen, tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, chased winner over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Light The City (8-2) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Neptune Equester 2-1fav (9-0) Slightly hampered start, held up in rear, pushed along 6f out, headway over 3f out, switched left over 2f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Carlisle 2m 1f mdn hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul beating Finellas Fortune (8-11) by 2 3/4l, 13 ran.
Bijou Dan 18-1 (9-5) Held up, ridden 3f out, never nearer, 6th of 11, 12l behind Light The City (8-2) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Park's Prodigy 33-1 (10-7) Held up in touch, ridden and kept on same pace from over 2f out, 5th of 12, 15l behind Sendali (10-1) at Doncaster 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Trojan Gift (USA) 15-2 (9-1) Tracked leader, ridden over 5f out, lost place over 3f out, soon behind, beaten when eased over 1f out, tailed off, last of 12, well behind Jeu De Roseau (9-4) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jul.
Word of Warning 7-2 (8-9) Held up towards rear, headway 3f out, soon ridden and hung left, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 13l behind Neptune Equester (9-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f mdn hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul.
Short Supply (USA) 7-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, kept on one pace final 2f, lost 3rd post, 4th of 8, 12l behind Irish Jugger (9-8) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Apr.
Soprano (GER) 4-1fav (9-8) Held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, led over 1f out, ran on strongly, won at Carlisle 2m 1f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) gd beating Bandanaman (10-3) by 7l, 13 ran.
Simple Jim (FR) 6-5fav (8-2) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on under pressure, never able to challenge, 4th of 11, 4l behind Beat The Shower (8-13) at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
Spahi (FR) 9-2 (9-9) Held up in rear, headway on inside over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, no extra closing stages, 4th of 10, 6l behind Zefooha (10-0) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Hi Dancer 10-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 12, 15l behind Jeu De Roseau (9-4) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jul.
Silent Lucidity (IRE) 20-1 (8-0) Mid-division, driven and headway over 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Jeu De Roseau (9-4) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jul.
Strikemaster (IRE) 13-2 (9-1) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway halfway, led over 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon lost place, 6th of 10, 10l behind Zefooha (10-0) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Ritsi 9-1 (8-8) Dwelt, held up towards rear, pushed along over 4f out and outpaced, headway over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Amir Pasha (9-4) at Catterick 1m 4f app hcp (6) sft in Jul.
They All Laughed 7-1 (8-5) Bumped start, behind, some late headway, never nearer, 7th of 10, 9l behind Denison Flyer (8-5) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Follow The Sun (IRE) 25-1 (7-13) Held up behind, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 12, 6l behind Jeu De Roseau (9-4) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jul.
Quaestor (IRE) 100-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, weakened over 3f out, 13th of 14, 41l behind Fossgate (9-9) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Harsh But Fair 20-1 (8-13) Prominent, went 3rd over 4f out, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 7, 17l behind Eijaaz (9-1) at Catterick 1m 4f Claiming Stakes (0-75) (3yo+) (6) gd.
Perez (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Behind, reminders over 7f out, some late headway, never dangerous, 6th of 9, 17l behind Zefooha (9-7) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.