The soft ground was against Celtic Sixpence at Thirsk last time but he'd won at the same track before that. Cape Of Hope recorded a double over 6f during the summer but was well beaten over today's trip last time, while Bogsnog has also done his winning over shorter distances. Summer Dream is not the most consistent, though she has claims on her earlier placed efforts over track and trip but Pilates looks in the handicapper's grip now. A prolific winner over course and distance, SMALLJOHN was having his first start since July when only fifth here earlier in the month. He gets the vote with that run under his belt.
Celtic Sixpence (IRE) 13-2 (8-11) Prominent, ridden and lost place over 2f out, 11th of 13, 14l behind Our Boy Jack (8-8) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Cape of Hope (IRE) 5-2 (9-6) Tracked leader, hard driven to challenge over 2f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 8, 3l behind Muftarres (9-0) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Sky Crossing 14-1 (9-0) Led, headed over 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 11l behind Talent Scout (9-0) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Bogsnog (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out to chase leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on and headed near finish, 2nd of 10, hd behind Fat Gary (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Summer Dream 14-1 (9-2) Started very slowly, towards rear, short lived effort on inside well over 1f out, 9th of 11, 11l behind Canadian Run (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Smalljohn 16-1 (9-3) Led, headed over 1f out, soon ridden, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 6l behind Grilletto (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Lastkingofscotland (IRE) 50-1 (8-13) Always towards rear, 10th of 11, 13l behind Johnno (9-6) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Pilates (IRE) 7-2fav (9-1) Tracked leader, hard driven and effort over 1f out, soon every chance, weakened final furlong, 10th of 12, 10l behind Sardanapalus (9-1) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Ceelo 6-1 (9-4) Held up mid-vision, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 8th of 12, 9l behind Jay Bee Blue (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Orpsie Boy (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Viennese Verse (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.