Stormy Weather returned to form with a narrow-margin defeat at Newcastle last time and a repeat will see him in the mix but veteran Granston was beaten nearly four lengths over C&D on his latest start and will need to step up on that to figure. Today's longer trip is a worry for Bold Cuffs but Key Gold scored over 1m4f at Beverley in July and has every chance on the back of another good effort at Pontefract. WHITE NILE opened his account at Newcastle last time with a subsequent winner behind and the remainder eight lengths further back. A full brother to middle-distance Group 3 winner Sense Of Purpose, he can follow up on his handicap debut.
Stormy Weather (FR) 10-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 14, nk behind Full Toss (9-0) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
Shamdarley (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) In rear, ridden and headway 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 7th of 18, 10l behind Jawhar (9-11) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
King Kurt (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) With leader, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 16, 16l behind Dancing Primo (8-10) at York 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Tamanaco (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders on outside, ridden and outpaced when slightly hampered over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 7l behind Taqleed (9-9) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep '11.
Granston (IRE) 11-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders on outer, went 2nd 8f out, led over 2f out, soon headed and ridden, kept on, 2nd of 13, 4l behind Party Line (8-9) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Crystal Rock (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Led, headed over 8f out, tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 2f out, one pace, 6th of 13, 6l behind Party Line (8-9) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Kinyras (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Awkward start, in touch, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 16, well behind Dancing Primo (8-10) at York 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
White Nile 6-5fav (9-3) Held up in touch, went 4th over 4f out, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on to lead towards finish, held on well, won at Newcastle 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gs in Aug beating Noble Silk (9-3) by nk, 11 ran.
Key Gold 9-4 (8-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on and no extra and lost 2nd place close home, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Lady Kashaan (7-13) at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Aug.
Bold Cuffs 9-4 (9-6) Held up, headway on outside halfway, chased winner