MATA KERANJANG has a glaring opportunity to finally get rid of his maiden tag; Nesmeh and Tarooq are interesting newcomers to keep tabs on in the betting market, while Forks seems to be going the right way and can make the rest aware of his presence. However, the Paul Cole-trained selection sets a heady standard for the others at this stage and it will be very surprising if he isn't good enough to break his duck. The handicapper has him on a mark of 100 at the moment - a rating which is rarely seen in a race as moderate as this. However, Cole is resorting to the use of fitting blinkers on Mata Keranjang to (presumably) help him keep his mind on the job. Considering that he has already tried his hand in a couple of Group 1 races, a Thirsk maiden worth £7,400 ought to be a formality. Shouldn't it? Really?
Tarooq (USA) War Chant gelding out of Rose Of Zollern.
Sandgate Story 100-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, 8th of 10, 26l behind Squall (9-3) at Ripon 1m mdn stks (5) gf.
Barton Bounty 100-1 (9-3) Always towards rear, 8th of 12, 14l behind Touch Tone (8-12) at Thirsk 7f mdn stks (5) gd.
Denison Flyer Tobougg gelding out of Bollin Victoria.
Forks 16-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Always Dazzling (8-12) at Redcar 7f 3yo mdn aut (5) gf in Apr.
Hades (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, in rear, kept on final furlong, never near leaders, 6th of 15, 5l behind Sailorman (9-2) at Thirsk 7f mdn stks (5) gf in May.
March Forth 33-1 (9-3) Slowly away, in rear, pushed along over 4f out, never able to challenge, 7th of 10, 22l behind Squall (9-3) at Ripon 1m mdn stks (5) gf.
Mata Keranjang (USA) 5-2 (9-2) Held up in mid-division, headway to get in behind leaders over 2f out, chased winner over 1f, kept on inside final furlong, no real impression, 2nd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Nationalism (9-2) at Sandown 1m 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf.
Prince James Danroad colt out of Lawless Bridget.
Shamo Hill Theatre 100-1 (9-3) Towards rear, struggling from 4f out, 7th of 8, 21l behind George Benjamin (9-3) at Catterick 7f 3yo mdn aut (6) gd.
Majic Mojo 33-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, took keen hold in 5th, struggling 3f out, 5th of 6, 23l behind Ajool (8-12) at Beverley 1m 3yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jun.
Nephele (IRE) 100-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 11l behind Chain Of Events (9-0) at Redcar 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Jun.
Nesmeh (USA) More Than Ready filly out of Freefourracing.
Up At Last 16-1 (9-0) Chased leaders on rail, not much room 5f out, ridden 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, 7th of 9, 16l behind Starclass (9-0) at Salisbury 7f 3yo fll mdn (5) gf in Jun.