Barney McGrew is the most consistent at this level though it's been over two years now since he last got his head in front. Lost In Paris scored at Catterick last time but he'd prefer faster ground while Haajes' best effort this year came with a 7lb claimer on board. DEFENCE COUNCIL has just the one victory to his name but finished ahead of the latter at Ripon last time and Paul Hanagan's presence takes the eye. He gets a tentative vote in a wide-open sprint with Dispol Grand and Fear Nothing making most appeal of the remainder.
Barney McGrew (IRE) 3-1fav (9-8) In touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Queen Grace (8-13) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Pavershooz 10-1 (9-5) Raced alone on far side rail, prominent, ridden and effort over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 9, 10l behind Pelmanism (8-9) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Lost In Paris (IRE) 5-2 (9-5) With leader, led halfway, soon hard pressed, hard ridden, all out, won at Catterick 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul beating Master Rooney (9-7) by ns, 7 ran.
Haajes 20-1 (8-10) Led stand side group, ridden and headed inside final furlong, weakened towards finish, 7th of 13, 2l behind Singeur (9-9) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Beauty Pageant (IRE) 11-4 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 5, 4l behind Breezolini (9-0) at Doncaster 5f flls hcp 0-80 (4) hvy in Jul.
Defence Council (IRE) 17-2 (8-9) Chased leaders stand side group, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 2l behind Singeur (9-9) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Bronze Beau 13-2 (9-12) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 9l behind Crimson Knot (9-10) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Jul.
Eland Ally 25-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 16th of 19, 13l behind Julius Geezer (9-7) at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Dispol Grand (IRE) 3-1fav (8-10) In touch, headway when switched right over 1f out, soon chased leader, led inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, readily, won at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in May beating Boucher Garcon (8-8) by 3l, 10 ran.
Whozthecat (IRE) 6-1 (8-4) Slight lead until halfway, chased leder, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 9l behind Picabo (9-1) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Mandalay King (IRE) 40-1 (8-13) Mid-division, lost place over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 14th of 19, 11l behind Julius Geezer (9-7) at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Fear Nothing 9-4fav (9-1) Chased winner, ridden and no impression over 1f out, lost 2nd entering final furong, weakened in closing stages, 5th of 12, 4l behind Six Wives (9-9) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Waking Warrior 6-1 (8-13) Towards rear, still plenty to do when not clear run and switched left inside final 2f, strong run inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, never able to challenge, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Six Wives (9-9) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Indian Trail 14-1 (9-5) Behind, switched left and ran on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 6th of 12, 5l behind Six Wives (9-9) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Kyzer Chief 9-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 12th of 13, 8l behind On The High Tops (9-2) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.