Tim Easterby’s stable is in excellent form and STORM AHEAD was only beaten half-a-length by the in-form Gurkha Friend at Ripon 10 days ago. He won off a higher mark a couple of years ago and has been gradually improving this year – his turn may have come around again. Flying North profited from an enterprising ride by Hollie Doyle at Lingfield last month but this looks a tougher assignment off a 6lb higher mark. Burrumbeet was well beaten on his Turf debut at Sandown but drops a grade for this. Welliesinthewater goes well here and receives weight all round so makes more appeal than Pastime and the returning Aljunood.
Burrumbeet (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Keen led 6f out, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 13, 9 1/2l behind Chiefofchiefs (8-12) at Sandown 1m hcp (3) gd in May.
Flying North 7-2 (9-2) Made all, ridden over 1f out, ran on, unchallenged, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp fll (4) gd in May beating Stoney Broke (9-7) by 4 1/2l, 5 ran.
Sinfonietta (FR) 8-1 (9-8) In touch, ridden over 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 10th of 12, 9l behind Daira Prince (9-7) at Nottingham 1m hcp (4) gf in May.
Mon Beau Visage (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Held up, never dangerous, 15th of 20, 12 1/2l behind Magic City (10-9) at York 7f hcp (3) gd in May.
Storm Ahead (IRE) 9-1 (8-11) Held up, switched left and headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, just held, 3rd of 7, 1/2l behind Gurkha Friend (9-7) at Ripon 1m hcp (3) gd in Jun.
Pastime 11-2 (9-9) Mid-division on outside, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace closing stages, 3rd of 16, 3l behind Firmdecisions (9-4) at Leicester 7f hcp (4) gd in Jun.
Aljunood (IRE) 6-1 (9-10) Prominent, soon led, headed over 2f out, weakened and eased over 1f out, 10th of 11, 22 3/4l behind Birds Of Prey (9-9) at Gowran Park 1m 1f hcp hvy in Sep.
Welliesinthewater (IRE) 25-1 (8-4) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, kept on, 5th of 15, 1 3/4l behind Spanish City (9-1) at Doncaster 7f hcp (3) gf in Jun.