Iceblast didn't stay 1m2f here last time but had run well in two earlier starts over C&D and races off a slightly lower mark today. He should make his presence felt with apprentice David Simmonson claiming 7lb. Gladys' Gal made all to get off the mark on the Polytrack at Lingfield last month, but Firebeam was equally impressive at the same track on turf a week later and may be better suited by the going here. Warwick winner Fityaan didn't give his true running when favourite at Epsom and the same can be said of FIELDGUNNER KIRKUP at Pontefract. David Barron's gelding wouldn't let himself down on the fast ground last time but should find these conditions more to his liking and he's been crying out for this longer trip for a while. He could be the value in a tight handicap.
Zenella 10-1 (8-11) Made all, quicken 2 lengths clear 2f out, ridden out, unchallenged, won at Pontefract 1m 2yo lst stk (1) gd in Oct beating Royal Exchange (9-5) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Rigolleto (IRE) 100-1 (8-10) Raced centre, prominent, led that group over 3f out until weakened over 2f out, 27th of 29, 30l behind Sagramor (8-13) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Jun.
Gladys' Gal 13-2 (8-8) Made all, driven clear over 1f out, ran on well, won at Lingfield 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jun beating Outsmart (8-13) by 2l, 12 ran.
Firebeam 4-7fav (9-0) Chased leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon clear, easily, won at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) sft in Jun beating Escape To Glory (9-0) by 6l, 11 ran.
Ashva (USA) 40-1 (8-5) Raced centre, close up, weakened inside final furlong, 12th of 29, 4 1/2l behind Sagramor (8-13) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Jun.
Robert The Painter (IRE) 4-1fav (9-0) In touch, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, 23l behind Norse Blues (8-7) at Epsom Downs 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
Fieldgunner Kirkup (GER) 9-2 (9-7) With leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened 1f out, 6th of 7, 11l behind Louis The Pious (8-13) at Pontefract 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jun.
Iceblast 10-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, held up in 6th, weakened 2f out, 5th of 8, 14l behind Sea Moon (9-7) at York 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
Fityaan 4-1fav (8-9) Held up, headway 2f out, ridden to go 3rd 1f out, weakened near finish, 5th of 11, 8l behind Norse Blues (8-7) at Epsom Downs 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
City Legend 33-1 (8-4) Chased leaders on outside, pushed along 3f out, driven and weakened over 2f out, last of 12, 18l behind Chilled (8-13) at Sandown 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.