PEINTRE D'ARGENT was impressive when scoring from a 10lbs lower mark last time and he is taken to follow-up, while Patavium and Hel's Angel look best of the rest. The last-named was a Catterick scorer last time out over this trip, and all three of her career successes have come on good or faster ground. She should go well if conditions stay sound, but any rain would hinder her and she is on a high enough mark. Patavium gained reward for his consistency when landing a 12f Ripon handicap recently and he appears to go on any ground, so from a 7lb higher mark he has to be taken seriously. Fellow Ripon scorer Northern Acres has a chance of defying a 6lb rise and the ground was softer than described that day, so rain wouldn't be a problem, though he has to prove his stamina for this trip. Tropical Bachelor is yet another Ripon winner in this field, romping home over this trip there last week in a selling handicap, and he is not ruled out, but preference is for Peintre D'Argent. William Knight's filly sees out this trip well as she did so when an easy winner last time at Lingfield. Although untried with any cut in the ground, her sire handled it well, and she herself goes in faster conditions, so there is plenty of hope she can handle anything thrown at her in this race and win it. Jonathan Doidge.
Omokoroa (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) In touch, driven and outpaced 2f out, soon ridden and kept on same pace, no impression, 9th of 17, 8l behind Deauville Flyer (9-2) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Hel's Angel (IRE) 9-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway on outer over 1f out, kept on to lead post, won at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May beating Parhelion (8-9) by shd, 7 ran.
Joe Jo Star 8-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 7, 20l behind Braveheart Move (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Aug.
Red Fama 9-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 19l behind Mudawin (8-6) at York 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.
Ahmedy (IRE) 6-1 (8-10) In touch, ridden to lead 2f out, soon headed, kept on same pace, 3rd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Sir Royal (9-3) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Northern Acres 14-1 (8-6) Held up mid-division, headway on inside 4f out, went 2nd and switched left well over 1f out, soon ridden, led last 100 yards, kept on well, won at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May beating Smirfy's Silver (8-10) by 2 1/4l, 14 ran.
Country Road (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Led 1f, tracked leaders, lost place 4f out, soon behind, no danger after, 5th of 7, 10l behind Plush (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol in Apr.
Shifting Gold (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Led after 1f, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 8, 5l behind Charging Indian (9-3) at Southwell 1m 3f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Jan.
Carnac (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Slowly into stride, soon chasing leaders, pushed along 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 9, 41l behind Sedgwick (10-2) at York 1m 4f am hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Patavium (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) Soon tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, driven out, won at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May beating Master Nimbus (9-1) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Simonside 16-1 (9-10) Rider almost unseated leaving stalls, mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, rallied final furlong, 4th of 9, 8l behind The Last Alzao (10-2) at Haydock 1m 2f ladies hcap (5) gf in May.
Hunters Belt (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 12, 23l behind Ghufa (8-2) at Haydock 1m 4f app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Tropical Bachelor (IRE) 7-2fav (8-13) Held up behind, headway on outside over 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on well to go readily clear inside final furlong, won at Ripon 1m 4f sll hcp 0-60 (6) gd beating Dispol Diva (8-11) by 7l, 10 ran.
Brockfield 9-2 (8-5) Tracked leader, led over 8f out, pushed along over 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 41l behind Destinys Dream (8-5) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Peintre d'Argent (IRE) 9-2 (8-4) Always prominent, ridden 3f out, soon edged left, led over 2f out, clear final furlong, ran on well, pushed out, won at Lingfield 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May beating Galiotto (9-3) by 7l, 9 ran.
Umverti 8-1 (8-4) Led 1f, tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 4, 6l behind Destinys Dream (8-7) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.