After an excellent opening campaign, Gatepost was a disappointment last year but was expected to make a successful reappearance here earlier this month only to be outpaced over the minimum trip. Yair Hill has become a specialist at 7f and all four of his victories have been at that trip so it's doubtful he'll have the speed for this but SUMMERINTHECITY certainly will. Dandy Nicholls' charge has won three times over the trip and also from the same mark so gets the vote in a tight handicap. Pearl Ice looks a threat as he scored at Ripon in June from just 2lb lower and will be better for his reappearance at Newmarket.
Pearl Ice 16-1 (8-12) Close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 12th of 15, 11l behind Hamza (9-4) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gf.
Aubrietia (9-3) last of 8, 7l behind Beat Baby (9-6) at Jagersro(SWE) 6f 3yo Listed stks.
Intransigent 10-1 (9-5) Held up in mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders 2f out, ridden and edged right over 1f out, one pace when hampered inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 9th of 15, 2 3/4l behind Yeeoow (9-2) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Yair Hill (IRE) 17-2 (9-7) Behind, headway on outer 2f out, led inside final furlong, edged left and kept on well, won at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Llewellyn (8-7) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Forest Edge (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Early reminders, chased leaders on outside, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure, no impression final furlong, 6th of 9, 6l behind Steps (8-8) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-100 (2) sft.
Gatepost (IRE) 3-1fav (8-11) Outpaced towards rear, edging left and no chance when slightly hampered inside final furlong, eased, 9th of 13, 8l behind Forest Edge (8-6) at Chester 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Summerinthecity (IRE) 3-1 (9-12) Prominent, ridden 2f out, unable to quicken and lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Mont Ras (10-0) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Graphic (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, some late headway, never nearer, 9th of 16, 6l behind Hallelujah (9-2) at Newbury 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Thunderball 40-1 (8-13) Raced wide chasing leaders, pushed along halfway, soon weakened, 13th of 14, 25l behind York Glory (9-1) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Jedward (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway when not clear run inside final 2f, switched outside over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong, not reached leaders, 7th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Towbee (9-1) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.