If he turns up here after his entry at Musselburgh on Friday then MANDARIN SPIRIT has very strong claims and he can win this from a good mark, with the yard's runners in cracking form. Monte Mayor One loves it here and could push him close, despite being thoroughly exposed, while old boy River Falcon seems to reserve his best for the minimum trip. This distance and track suit Reach For The Sky, and with his claimer up, Alan Berry's gelding could present the biggest danger to our selection. Mandarin Spirit can gain further reward for his consistency.
River Falcon 7-1 (9-4) Raced alone far side, joined center group halfway, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Tadalavil (8-9) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Jul.
Micky Mac (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Prominent, every chance when hung left over 1f out, stayed on same pace under pressure inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, nk behind Clerical (9-0) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fm in Jul.
Mandarin Spirit (IRE) 9-2 (9-12) Chased leaders on rail until lost place halfway, staying on when not clearest of runs on rail over 1f out until inside final furlong, strong run well inside final furlong, going on close home, not able to reach winner, 2nd of 12, nk behind Rio's Girl (8-3) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul.
Monte Mayor One 9-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Rasselas (9-7) at Ayr 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Jul.
Broughtons Silk 12-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 14, 9l behind Frontline Girl (9-6) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul.
Reach For The Sky (IRE) 12-1 (8-6) Towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, last of 8, 10l behind Spinning Spirit (8-9) at Haydock 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Misterisland (IRE) 8-1 (9-13) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 12, 9l behind Yungaburra (10-0) at Thirsk 6f ladies hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Jul.