FISTRAL is our idea of the most likely winner with Baan and Spiders Star the most pertinent dangers on the book. Peter Niven's runner has dropped down the weights somewhat in recent weeks and while that isn't necessarily a reason to be backing horses, the fact that connections were so keen to get Paul Hanagan aboard certainly is. The ground should suit and he has few issues in relation to the trip. Baan won a recent Yarmouth handicap. It was a long time between drinks as far as winning was concerned but if Hugh Collingridge has got to the bottom of any woes, he could be very well handicapped. Spiders Star is bidding for her hattrick having dotted up at Beverley and Thirsk. All credit goes to connections for campaigning her well and keeping faith with the useful apprentice, Paul Pickard. Abstract Folly hasn't been seen since pulling up at Wetherby over chase fences. The market is watched to see how straight he is on a reappearance bow. Course-and-distance scorer, Squirtle, has been a little disappointing of late so Tom McLaughlin is tried in the plate rather than her usual rider. Front Rank is a useful hurdler though he hasn't offered that much on the level to speak of. Fistral is our fancy in the staying handicap.
Baan (USA) 11-1 (9-2) Raced wide in touch, ridden to lead 2f out, soon joined, driven out, won at Yarmouth 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul beating No Rules (8-10) by nk, 13 ran.
Abstract Folly (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, weakened well over 1f out, 7th of 9, 16l behind Keenes Day (9-7) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp (4) pol in Oct.
Spiders Star 5-4fav (8-9) Held up, headway on outer after 3f out, led 2f out, stayed on well entering final furlong, won at Beverley 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul beating Lets Roll (10-0) by 8l, 5 ran.
Squirtle (IRE) 8-1 (8-5) Held up in touch, lost place over 2f out, 6th of 10, 12l behind Miss Keck (9-2) at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Simple Jim (FR) 9-2 (8-10) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Summer Lodge (9-11) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Wotchalike (IRE) 6-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, soon one pace, 5th of 9, 6l behind Monte Pattino (11-6) at Musselburgh 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Fistral 7-1 (8-7) Raced wide, held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders over 4f out, ridden and weakened 2f out, 8th of 13, 16l behind Bijou Dan (9-5) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Front Rank (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Close up, weakened over 3f out, last of 11, 30l behind Hi Dancer (10-0) at Hamilton 1m 5f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Top Rocker 8-1 (8-3) Towards rear, pushed along over 4f out, headway over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Dispol Peto (8-13) at Catterick 1m 4f app hcp (6) gs in Jul '07.
Wannarock (IRE) 18-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 13th of 16, 12l behind Monfils Monfils (10-3) at Beverley 1m 2f (6) gf in Jul.
Pinewood Legend (IRE) 6-1 (8-6) Prominent, effort over 3f out, soon under pressure, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 9l behind Eforetta (8-11) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Apr.
Sea Cove 50-1 (9-13) Always behind, 10th of 11, 25l behind Hurricane Thomas (10-0) at Musselburgh 1m 5f am hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul.
Feeling Peckish (USA) 14-1 (8-2) Led, ridden 3f out, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 5, 15l behind Spiders Star (8-9) at Beverley 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Rocknest Island (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) Always behind, 7th of 9, 25l behind Monte Pattino (11-6) at Musselburgh 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.