Plenty of these have been busy over the last few weeks and the likeable Shahdaroba is likely to be popular despite the steadier of topweight. Equity Risk has run well on the Knavesmire previously and having placed off a 2lb higher mark, Kevin Ryan's four-year-old has every chance, but we prefer the claims of BARREN BROOK. Mick Easterby's gelding spoilt his chances by racing too keenly last time but showed up well when fifth in the Carlisle Bell and is sure to be thereabouts on ground that suits. David O'Meara won the race last year and Berlusca and Anderiego are set to represent him on this occasion. The latter is a course and distance winner though he will need to reverse Newcastle form with Big Storm Coming. Simply Shining has failed to add to her win in a Thirsk maiden a couple of seasons ago but has become something of a banker for placepot players.
Shahdaroba (IRE) 4-1 (9-13) Led, pushed along over 4f out, driven 3f out, headed 2f out, stayed close up, bumped inside final furlong, led again towards finish, won at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Self Employed (9-6) by shd, 5 ran.
Bartack (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Prominent, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on, no impression on winner final 100 yards, 2nd of 18, 2 1/4l behind Bronze Angel (9-8) at York 1m hcp 105 (2) gf.
Equity Risk (USA) 12-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, last of 9, 16l behind Dark Emerald (9-6) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun.
Anderiego (IRE) 6-4fav (9-7) Held up, headway over 3f out, challenged over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 3rd of 6, 1/2l behind Big Storm Coming (8-12) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Berlusca (IRE) 14-1 (9-8) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 7l behind Bureau (9-2) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Green Howard 8-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 7th of 10, 11l behind Invincible Fresh (9-2) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Barren Brook 8-1 (9-9) Chased leaders and keen, ridden over 1f out, soon faded, 7th of 11, 10l behind Bishop's Castle (9-7) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Red Charmer (IRE) 15-2 (9-9) Tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, no impression inside final furlong, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Incurs Four Faults (8-0) at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Tiger Twenty Two 13-2 (8-11) Towards rear, not clear run just inside 3f out, headway 2f out, went 3rd towards finish, stayed on, no impression, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Roachdale House (8-11) at Chester 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Jun.
Simply Shining (IRE) 6-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, challenged over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, kept on, headed final stride, 2nd of 11, nk behind Ted's Brother (9-6) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Big Storm Coming 15-8fav (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, pushed along over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Kuwait Star (9-7) at Haydock 1m app hcp (5) gf.
Miller Beach 7-1 (9-7) Stumbled leaving stalls, towards rear, 7th over 1f out, progress between horses to go 4th final 50 yards, kept on, 4th of 7, 1 3/4l behind Pixie Spirit (9-4) at Navan 5f app hcp 47-70 gf.