Royal Applord, the winner of a claimer over course and distance three starts back can score as he drops back to seven furlongs after two attempts in the same grade over a mile. The ground would have been on the lively side for him on his penultimate start while the opposite could be said last time, where the deep ground prevented him from showing his best. He has the medium here and with race conditions in his favour, he is a solid choice. Le Chiffre, despite dropping in trip last time came from well off the pace to score at this venue, not looking the easiest of rides in the process. Any drying of the ground would aid his cause here. Nok Twice is 5lb better off with Le Chiffre for a 3/4 length beating last time so literal reading of the formbook would suggest Declan Carroll's charge has a big chance of reversing the form but the feeling is that La Chiffre was possibly saving something for himself having hit the front. A fast pace would suit the veteran Efidium. The ten year old found the lively ground on the Knavesmire against him last time and the ease in the surface will suit. Royal Applord is the selection to land it.
Brutus Maximus 20-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, took keen hold in mid-division, hangning right when reminders over 6f out, behind final 4f, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Laish Ya Hajar (9-0) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp (6) frm in Jun.
West End Lad 9-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon outpaced by leaders, 7th of 13, 13l behind Hurlingham (10-0) at Haydock 1m 3f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Apache Point (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Mid-division on inside, ridden 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Time To Regret (9-6) at Thirsk 1m sll hcp (6) sft.
Ming Vase 20-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, ridden and weakened final 3f, 7th of 9, 8l behind Rowan Lodge (8-8) at Redcar 1m 1f clm (6) gd.
Scotty's Future (IRE) 15-2 (8-13) Slowly into stride and behind, stayed on final 3f, never nearer, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Le Chiffre (9-2) at Beverley 7f clm (5) gs.
Efidium 14-1 (8-10) Mid-division, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 14, 13l behind Esoterica (9-3) at York 7f hcap (4) gf in Jul.
Le Chiffre (IRE) 4-1fav (9-2) Chased leaders, driven 3f out, stayed on well to lead inside final furlong, won at Beverley 7f clm (5) gs beating Nok Twice (9-12) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Poppy Day 14-1 (8-4) In rear, short-lived effort 3f out, soon well behind, 8th of 14, 7l behind Le Chiffre (9-2) at Beverley 7f clm (5) gs.
Royal Applord 18-1 (9-6) Led until headed over 5f out, soon ridden, weakened from 1f out, 4th of 7, 5l behind Five Wishes (8-13) at Hamilton 1m clm (6) sft.
Wizby 11-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, soon in mid-division, effort over 2f out, soon no further progress, 7th of 12, 8l behind Sarah Park (9-2) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jul.
Admiralcollingwood 16-1 (8-5) Dwelt and behind, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 9, 11l behind Grit (9-1) at Carlisle 1m 1f 3yo clm (6) gd.
Invincible Rose (IRE) 50-1 (8-2) Behind, headway over 1f out, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 20, 9l behind Frisbee (9-7) at Ripon 6f mdn hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Nok Twice (IRE) 8-1 (9-12) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden to lead briefly 1f out, no extra close home, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Le Chiffre (9-2) at Beverley 7f clm (5) gs.
Victory Spirit 50-1 (9-1) Always rear division, last of 14, 23l behind Keys of Cyprus (9-3) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gs.