Today's distance could prove a problem to the more fancied horses. Whispering Spirit has been placed over C&D, but was still beaten three lengths and all his winning form is over shorter trips. Likewise Unlimited, who has won four times here over 7f, though he's preferred to stablemate and dual 1m4f winner Country Road. Cobo Bay is a C&D winner but out of sorts so CLOUDY BAY makes more appeal. Elaine Burke's charge is still a maiden, but his placed efforts at around this trip read well enough in this company and he remains open to improvement after only eight starts.
Cobo Bay 12-1 (9-7) Led, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened 2f out, 5th of 7, 17l behind Hit The Switch (8-5) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Jun.
Unlimited 9-1 (9-5) In rear, ridden 3f out, effort over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Foxtrot Alpha (8-9) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jun.
Almowj 100-1 (8-9) Reared start and slow into stride, in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and no impression from from over 1f out, 5th of 10, 7l behind Magnitude (8-13) at Leicester 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.
Cloudy Bay (USA) 6-1 (8-6) Led, clear over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, headed 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 9l behind City Of The Kings (9-7) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Country Road (IRE) 13-8fav (10-9) Pulled very hard, tracked leaders, went prominent, over 6f out, led 5f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 7l behind Visions Of Johanna (11-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f am sell stks (6) pol in Jun.
Kiss N Kick 100-1 (9-6) Always in rear, eased 2f out, last of 12, well behind Dark Promise (8-12) at Pontefract 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd in Sep.
Phlorian 66-1 (9-12) Off the pace in last trio, struggling final 3f, never a factor, 8th of 9, 16l behind Sea Soldier (9-3) at Warwick 7f mdn stks (5) gf in Jun.
Fortunelini 100-1 (10-11) Led at steady pace 5f, chased leader until halfway, weakened rapidly over 6f out, soon struggling in rear, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Jaya Bella (11-2) at Lingfield 2m Mares Nat Hunt Flat (4-6yo) (AW) (6) sft in Feb.
Whispering Spirit (IRE) 5-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, outpaced 2f out, rallied to 3rd over 1f out, hung left final half furlong, 4th and held when short of room close home, 4th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Fleetwoodsands (8-11) at Wolverhampton 7f app clm stks (6) pol in Jun.
Ossie Ardiles (IRE) 66-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, driven and outpaced 3f out, lost place 2f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 27l behind Maqaraat (9-2) at Haydock 1m mdn stks (5) gd in Jun.
Smart Violetta (IRE) 28-1 (8-3) Pushed along and early reminders, soon mid-division on outer, ridden over 4f out, soon weakened, 11th of 12, well behind Mojolika (9-7) at Redcar 1m 6f 3yo mdn hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May.