This is a tricky start to proceedings as a few of these are likely to show improvement now going handicapping. Frankie teams up with James Fanshawe's Green Monkey, who ran his best race so far at Leicester last time. Blessing Box is also lightly raced and was second at Lingfield in October but SHAMIANA has her sights lowered and showed enough speed at Chester to suggest the drop in trip is in her favour. She gets the nod though Alhaarth Beauty and The Manx Missile were both sent off favourite last time while Pearl Noir only found one too good in four of his eight starts as a juvenile. Secret Advice won over 5f at Carlisle last week but a penalty could be a stumbling block here.
Al Gharrafa 11-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, headway over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, last of 5, 3 1/2l behind Hartwright (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo stks 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.
Blessing Box 3-1 (8-12) In touch in rear, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd near finish, not troubled winner, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Multitask (9-3) at Lingfield 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Alhaarth Beauty (IRE) 3-1fav (9-2) Prominent, ridden and carried head high over 1f out, soon beaten, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 10l behind Rangooned (9-7) at Catterick 5f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.
Pearl Noir 15-8fav (8-13) Chased leader, ridden 2f out, stayed on to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Small Fury (8-6) at Southwell 5f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) fbs in Nov.
Shamiana 8-1 (9-0) Led, headed 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 7l behind Callmeakhab (9-0) at Chester 7f mdn fll stks (3) gs in May.
Free Island 20-1 (8-10) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 11l behind Hit The Lights (8-11) at Pontefract 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Secret Advice 12-1 (8-4) Held up in touch, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May beating Diamond Blue (9-10) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Forceful Flame 10-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, held up tracking leaders, keeping on same pace when short of room over 1f out, kept on same pace and no impression pace after, 6th of 7, 8l behind My Sweet Lord (9-2) at Brighton 6f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May.
Green Monkey 40-1 (9-5) With leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 7l behind Apricot Sky (9-5) at Leicester 6f 3yo mdn (5) gf in May.
The Manx Missile 7-2fav (9-7) In touch, headway over 1f out, ridden and no impression final furlong, 4th of 12, 5l behind Balatina (8-6) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Imperial Spirit 25-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 12, 13l behind Running Reef (9-11) at Catterick 7f mdn stks 0-65 (6) gs in May.
Our Sweet Art 20-1 (9-6) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 12, 8l behind Blazeofenchantment (9-4) at Lingfield 7f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Megaleka 18-1 (9-0) Mid-division, some headway over 2f out, not much room briefly and well held over 1f out, 13th of 16, 23l behind Natures Law (9-0) at Redcar 6f fll mdn stks (5) gf in May.
Hats Off 14-1 (8-12) Chased leaders on outside, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 8l behind Hazard Warning (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.