OBE GOLD is chasing a hat-trick here and gets our vote, but we expect Turnkey and Rasaman to run him close. Obe Gold was claimed from Dandy Nicholls after winning here recently over the minimum trip, as was his previous success at Hamilton. He's giving weight away to all bar former stablemate Turnkey, who he finished ahead of two years ago in their only head to head. The Nicholls' runner though has a better draw here, and a return to six furlongs at which he was successful on his penultimate start looks a positive move. There's little between Kevin Ryan's two runners, Rasman and High Curragh; the jockey claim on the former could prove decisive, and a first time visor may bring about further improvement. Bottom-weight Ava's Gold is the only course and distance winner in the field, but that was nearly three years ago, since when she's nought from 13. Stonehaugh was a winner last time out, but that was maybe something of a fluke given it was his first triumph in more than three years, but the draw may be against him this time around. It's a trappy claimer, in which we'll side with Obe Gold.
Turnkey 7-1 (9-2) In rear, ridden 2f out, hung left over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, not troubled leaders, 5th of 11, 5l behind Northern Dare (9-11) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Jul.
Rasaman (IRE) 2-1 (9-2) Went right start, slowly into stride, raced wide in rear, headway halfway, soon ridden, stayed on final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Obe Gold (9-7) at Catterick 5f clm stks (6) sft in Jul.
Stonehaugh (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Made all, ridden over 1f out, kept on, won at Carlisle 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun beating Mountain Cat (8-10) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
High Curragh 13-2 (9-12) Went right start, led, ridden, headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 6l behind Swinbrook (9-0) at Southwell 6f clm stks (6) fbs in Jul.
Louisiade (IRE) 16-1 (7-13) Chased leaders, ridden before halfway, soon one pace, 5th of 12, 9l behind Gracie's Gift (8-8) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in May.
One More Round (USA) 3-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, switched right inside final 2f, headway soon after, ran on to take 2nd entering final furlong, kept on until no extra and well held towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Dynamo Dave (9-0) at Folkestone 6f sell stks (6) gf in Jul.
Actabou 25-1 (8-8) Unruly stalls, always in rear, 10th of 11, 16l behind Botham (9-2) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jul.
Paint Stripper 66-1 (8-3) Chased leaders stand side, ridden halfway, soon no impression, 8th of 12, 10l behind Turnkey (9-8) at Ripon 6f clm stks (5) gs in Jun.
Bold Account (IRE) 28-1 (8-0) Always behind, 9th of 11, 11l behind First Blade (8-9) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jul.
Ava's World (IRE) 50-1 (7-13) Held up, ridden halfway, never on terms, 4th of 5, 11l behind Obe Gold (9-8) at Hamilton 5f clm stks (6) gf in Jul.
Obe Gold 5-6fav (9-7) Awkward start and slowly into stride, reminders soon after, ridden and headway to chase leaders halfway, driven to lead inside final furlong, won at Catterick 5f clm stks (6) sft in Jul beating Lucky Art (8-11) by 3/4l, 10 ran.