Bijou Dan has continued to trouble the judge at his advancing years and George Moore's veteran is sure to be thereabouts again. He looks fated to find one too good again, however, and DR FINLEY may be the one to spoil the party this time. The Newmarket raider put up his best performance for some time at Newcastle and he can go one better in the night cap. Descaro is invariably supported in races of this nature and, despite some modest form in the interim, David O'Meara's grey races off a mark 5lb lower than the figure he scored off at Pontefract last October. Micky Hammond's horses are running well so the quirky Terenzium would be of interest if he consents to put his best foot forward but Miss Ferney disappointed badly on her only try over this trip. The mare has won a couple of races over 1m6f since, however, so any market confidence should be noted. Jim Goldie won this race last year but Lady Gargoyle has plenty to do in order to take the prize back to Scotland.
Miss Ferney 20-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on and no impression, 8th of 12, 7l behind Jasmeno (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Dr Finley (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, pushed along briefly halfway, ridden and chased winner over 1f out, upsides and every chance inside final furlong, held close home, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Come Here Yew (9-0) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Jim Tango (FR) 100-1 (9-12) Behind, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 10, 12l behind Commend (9-3) at Carlisle 1m 1f mdn stks (5) gd in Jul.
Descaro (USA) 7-1 (8-9) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to get involved, 8th of 13, 5l behind Come Here Yew (9-0) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Bijou Dan 11-2 (8-7) In touch in rear, ridden over 3f out, headway over 2f out, stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong, nearest finish, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Mohawk Ridge (9-2) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Jul.
Grand Art (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Held up in last pair, ridden and effort over 3f out, never on terms, 4th of 8, 28l behind Dispol Diva (8-2) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Jun.
Spiders Star 33-1 (7-11) Steadied start, held up last, ridden and struggling 5f out, never a factor, 5th of 6, 17l behind Sohcahtoa (9-2) at Musselburgh 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Terenzium (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, ridden over 4f out, no impression, 8th of 16, 23l behind Bandanaman (10-2) at Carlisle 2m 1f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Denison Flyer 16-1 (8-8) Mid-division in touch, headway to challenge 4f out, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 10l behind Miss Ferney (8-11) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
Prairie Hawk (USA) 20-1 (9-1) Dwelt, in rear, pushed along over 4f out, never dangerous, 6th of 8, 18l behind Dr Irv (8-0) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Super Smile (IRE) 50-1 (9-8) Mid-division, ridden and struggling over 3f out, 8th of 10, 31l behind Maria's Choice (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jul.
Lady Gargoyle 20-1 (7-12) Blindfold off slightly late and slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden over 7f out, headway from 5f out, went 3rd over 2f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 9, 19l behind Spruzzo (8-13) at Musselburgh 2m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Jun.
Lava Steps (USA) 16-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd after 2f until over 3f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 17l behind Croftamie (8-5) at Catterick 1m 4f Claiming Stakes (0-75) (3yo+) (6) gf.