Having already won four times here, Jonnie Skull can't be left out of calculations. But the seven-year-old, who will be running in his 130th race, is back on a career-high mark and may find a couple too good today. Macchiara wasn't beaten far at Newmarket last month and is usually thereabouts but we'll give another chance to the younger FOOTSTEPSINTHERAIN. He was only beaten a nose at Chepstow last week and races off the same mark here and an earlier second to Consign at Newmarket has worked out well. Rough Rock likes it here but is better over 7f and finished tailed off last time.
Macchiara 25-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd halfway, ridden over 2f out, effort inside final furlong, not quicken near finish, 3rd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Ribbons (9-4) at Newmarket 1m flls hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Red Shuttle 4-1 (9-4) Raced centre in rear, merged with stand side 3f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Copperwood (9-4) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul '12.
Jonnie Skull (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Made all, ridden out, won at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun beating Pink Lips (9-0) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Footstepsintherain (IRE) 5-4fav (9-5) Raced near side, pulled hard tracked leaders, ridden and headway over 1f out, joined winner inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 7, ns behind Saint Jerome (9-5) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Oratory (IRE) 28-1 (9-0) Slightly hampered start, held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, never in contention, 10th of 12, 12l behind Creek Falcon (9-5) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Rough Rock (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Mid-division, weakened over 2f out, soon eased, last of 11, well behind Hamble (8-12) at Newmarket 1m app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.