CALL TO ARMS has been banging on the door lately and the perseverance of his connections can be rewarded as he is eased in grade today; Smalljohn is effective at this level and is respected as a threat, while Prime Circle arrives here in good form and, along with Daring Dream, can play a strong role if getting the breaks in running. Most of the others have been struggling to find their feet this season and are in danger of becoming frustrating to follow. Therefore, it can pay to side with Call To Arms, who has fewer miles on the clock than most and, given that he has held his own against a better calibre of opponent recently; this may be another one in the bag for the Mark Johnson team. It's also worth noting that Call To Arms was a cosy winner on his only previous try over this trip.
Dark Moment 7-1 (9-9) In rear, never a factor, 8th of 11, 12l behind Imprimis Tagula (9-7) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Smalljohn 7-2 (8-7) Tracked winner and keen, ridden 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 8, 2l behind Stonehaugh (8-3) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Chief Red Cloud (USA) 14-1 (10-0) Mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden and pushed wide 2f out, soon lost place, 12th of 15, 6l behind Flying Silks (9-12) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Daring Dream (GER) 9-4fav (8-12) Towards rear, not clear run and switched right 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Silver Rime (10-0) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Call To Arms (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Zero Money (9-13) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Prime Circle 17-2 (9-2) Mid-division, headway on outside over 3f out, challenged over 2f out, led narrowly over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on under pressure final furlong, won at Redcar 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) fm beating Maybe I Wont (9-4) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Betteras Bertie 20-1 (9-9) Always in rear, ridden over 2f out, well beaten over 1f out, last of 15, 32l behind Flying Silks (9-12) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Ninth House (USA) 4-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, never dangerous, 8th of 9, 8l behind Shadowtime (9-8) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Crocodile Bay (IRE) 20-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, not clear run and switched right well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 9l behind Glenridding (10-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Champain Sands (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, never dangerous, 11th of 15, 6l behind Flying Silks (9-12) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
High Rolling 7-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 4l behind Avitus (9-7) at Pontefract 1m 2f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gf.