SURUOR will love the ground and his recent consistency can be rewarded with a win. David Simcock has his horses in great form and this gelding ran a cracker at Ascot last month when a close-up fifth in the International Stakes. City Style has his first start in a handicap this afternoon, whilst course and distance winner Axiom is down to a fair mark and the recent rain will suit him down to the ground. Desert Creek will relish conditions and his recent run at Haydock was a step back in the right direction. He has now had two starts after a mid-season break and should be cherry ripe, so along with the recent Thirsk scorer Mata Keranjang (at the 12th attempt), might rate the main danger.
City Style (USA) 9-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, switched outside and driven well over 3f out, stayed on under pressure to go 3rd over 1f out, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Rio De La Plata (9-1) at Nottingham 1m cond Stakes (2) gf in Jun.
Suruor (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Behind stands side, headway over 1f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, not reached leaders, 5th of 21, 1 3/4l behind Castles In The Air (8-10) at Ascot 7f hcap (2) gd in Jul.
Axiom 12-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 4l behind Smarty Socks (8-6) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Gallagher 11-1 (9-10) Held up, ridden 2f out, not troubled leaders, 12th of 15, 15l behind Al Khaleej (9-1) at Newmarket 7f hcp 105 (2) gs.
Manassas (IRE) 7-2fav (10-0) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Fleeting Echo (8-12) at Newbury 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Desert Creek (IRE) 5-1fav (9-5) Keen, soon led, joined and pressed from 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on under pressure, lost places towards finish, 5th of 17, 1 1/2l behind Our Joe Mac (9-0) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-100 (2) sft.
Seek The Fair Land 14-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, ridden halfway, weakened 2f out, 11th of 13, 26l behind The Confessor (8-12) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-90 (3) fbs.
Mata Keranjang (USA) 1-4fav (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, soon ridden clear, easily, won at Thirsk 1m mdn stks (4) gf in Jul beating Tarooq (9-11) by 2l, 13 ran.