Ed McMahon's Jimmy The Poacher was good value for his win at Leicester earlier this month but struggled off his new mark at Pontefract at the beginning of the month and may do so here in a race taken to GRAND ZAFEEN. Mick Channon's filly has not been out of the first three home in her last three outings, winning twice, and she can defy the 2lb rise for her latest effort when chasing home Panpiper at Bath. David Barron's Melody In The Mist is seemingly better over the minimum trip, while Tim Easterby's Offspring struggled off his new mark at Haydock earlier this month and is likely to do so again. Kevin Ryan's Pelmanism will find this tougher than the maiden that he won at Bath last time and of more interest may be Richard Fahey's Tasmeem, who has dropped to a fair mark but needs to improve on recent form to trouble the judge.
Grand Zafeen 7-4fav (9-0) Steadied start, switched left, soon 6 lengths behind, headway between horses over 1f out, switched left and effort to chase winner 1f out, no impression, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Panpiper (8-12) at Bath 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fm in Jul.
Jimmy The Poacher (IRE) 2-1fav (9-7) Behind, reminders after 2f, headway on outside 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong to go 3rd near finish, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Mark Anthony (8-13) at Pontefract 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Tasmeem (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, not reached leaders, 4th of 8, 1l behind Barren Brook (9-4) at Redcar 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Melody In The Mist (FR) 3-1fav (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden and switched right over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 5l behind Diman Waters (9-7) at York 5f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.
Belinsky (IRE) 22-1 (8-12) Steadied start, held up behind, outpaced over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 7th of 8, 10l behind Barren Brook (9-4) at Redcar 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Offspring 5-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra and lost 3rd inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 4l behind Spinning Spirit (8-9) at Haydock 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Pelmanism 10-3 (9-3) Always prominent, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on well, won at Ripon 5f mdn stks (5) gs beating Sea Crest (9-1) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Briary Mac 6-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 11, 10l behind Madame Excelerate (9-3) at Redcar 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf.