An interesting contest of its type with Serena Brotherton booked for course and distance winner Buyer Beware and David Elsworth saddling a rare runner at the Yorkshire venue in Country'n'western. Market support for either would be significant but BOLLIN JOAN is in great heart at present, landed a similar contest for today's pilot the last day and still looks to inhabit a perfectly workable mark. The McCain family run a couple, of which Diamonds A Dancing makes greater appeal but Becky Smith got a decent tune out of Excalibur last time and the partnership looks set to deliver another solid account here and rates the danger.
Diamonds A Dancing 9-2 (10-7) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden and weakened, 7th of 11, 22 3/4l behind Bogardus (9-11) at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp (5) gf in Aug.
Imperial Focus (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Pulled hard, soon tracked leader, disputed lead briefly 3rd, upsides 4 out, disputed lead before 2 out, one pace before last, no chance with winner when lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 7, 8 1/2l behind Youghal By The Sea (11-4) at Perth 2m (4) gd in Jul.
Buyer Beware (IRE) 9-4fav (10-7) Tracked leaders, keen, effort over 2 f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 5th of 11, 3 3/4l behind Itlaaq (10-8) at Musselburgh 1m 5f hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Country'n'western (FR) 66-1 (9-12) In rear, pushed along over 2f out, never near leaders, 7th of 15, 23l behind Ben Vrackie (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 4f stks (5) pol in Jul.
Bollin Joan 4-6fav (9-10) Made all, pushed out, won at Beverley 1m 2f hcp (6) gs in Jul beating Aelius (10-0) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Barnaby Brook (CAN) 5-1 (9-12) Keen tracked winner, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 7 1/2l behind Breathable (9-11) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp (6) gs in Jul.
Grandscape 17-2 (8-8) Held up in last pair, headway on outside 3f out, ridden and unable to quicken inside final 2f, stayed on same pace under pressure over 1f out, weakened towards finish, last of 6, 6 1/4l behind Artarmon (9-4) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp (4) gd in Aug.
Bentons Lad 25-1 (10-13) Chased leaders until 2nd, mid-division, ridden and lost place 6th, well behind 4 out, tailed off, last of 7, dist behind Captain Peacock (11-3) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Aug.
Midnight Warrior 9-1 (8-13) Led, headed 8f out, tracked winner, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 4th of 8, 12 1/2l behind The Knot Is Tied (8-10) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp (6) gf in Aug.
Bulge Bracket 100-1 (9-9) Dwelt, mid-division, lost place over 6f out, soon tailed off, last of 11, dist behind Itlaaq (10-8) at Musselburgh 1m 5f hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Excalibur (POL) 16-1 (9-8) Dwelt soon led, headed over 7f out, close up, outpaced 3f out, rallied entering final furlong, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Breathable (9-11) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp (6) gs in Jul.