Tim Easterby has won this twice in the past five years and can strike again with LAST BID. This speedily-bred filly has always been well regarded and completed a double in a similar event over this C&D a couple of weeks ago when Kool Henry and Rent Free occupied the places. The runner-up is 2lb better off and must have a fair chance of reversing the form but the latter has something to find with the front two. It's a big surprise that Richard Fahey has yet to find a race for One Kool Dude, whose close third to a subsequent Listed and Group 2 winner at Doncaster is comfortably the best form on view and perhaps this return to the minimum trip will bring about a change in fortune. Risky Art, who looked a nice prospect on her debut at Carlisle, flopped at Thirsk and can't have been right.
Multi Blessing 16-1 (9-0) Fast away, made all, clear 2f out, ridden over 1f out, ran on well, unchallenged, won at Lingfield 5f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in May beating Courtland King (9-3) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Last Bid 11-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, went 2nd halfway, led entering final furlong, soon ridden, kept on gamely towards finish, won at York 5f 2yo hcp (3) gd beating Kool Henry (9-3) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Risky Art 11-8fav (8-8) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final 2f, 5th of 7, 9l behind Ponty Acclaim (8-11) at Thirsk 5f 2yo nov stk (4) gd in Jun.
Kool Henry (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Last Bid (9-3) at York 5f 2yo hcp (3) gd.
Almond Branches 15-2 (9-0) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to lead post, won at Catterick 5f 2yo stks (5) gf in Jun beating Excelette (9-0) by shd, 11 ran.
Rent Free 3-1 (9-5) Held up in touch and keen, ridden over 1f out, kept on to take 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Last Bid (9-3) at York 5f 2yo hcp (3) gd.
Courtland King (IRE) 4-7fav (8-11) Steadied start, held up, headway entering final 2f, led over 1f out, pushed out, readily, won at Leicester 5f 2yo sll (6) gf beating Flirty Gerty (8-6) by 3l, 7 ran.
One Kool Dude 9-4fav (8-7) Tracked leaders, challenged 2f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, no extra close home, 3rd of 7, 1l behind Haafkry (8-9) at Carlisle 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd.
Dicky Mint 13-8fav (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced 3f out, rallied to modest 3rd over 1f out, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Sonko (7-12) at Southwell 5f 2yo hcp (6) fbs.
Fayr Fall (IRE) 9-2fav (9-2) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 10l behind Xinbama (8-11) at Pontefract 6f 2yo hcp (4) gf.
Sonko (IRE) 4-1 (7-12) Dwelt, ridden to lead over 3f out, soon hung left and driven, hung right to rail well over 1f out, driven clear final furlong, won at Southwell 5f 2yo hcp (6) fbs beating Pint Size (9-7) by 4l, 7 ran.
Maria Medecis (IRE) 50-1 (8-12) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 7l behind Ladys First (8-12) at York 6f 2yo mdn aut (3) gd.