Joyeaux is a sporting option in the finale; Howards Tipple and Word Perfect are others to bear in mind, while fancy odds may be a tempting enough to reel in a small stakes investment for a place with Obe One. The last named has dropped like a rock in the ratings since his juvenile days and finds himself 36lb below his career highest mark. Obviously this is more his level these days and it would not come as the biggest surprise of the betting week were he to turn back the clock. Word Perfect is also potentially well treated despite being set to carry top weight and will no doubt be a popular choice after a solid run at Ayr 11 days ago. Dale Gibson's mount is a previous course and distance winner and a big run can expected from him. Howards Tipple justified a short price when landing the odds at Ayr last time out - running on strongly on the soft ground. He should be suited by the conditions and is expected to be thereabouts. However, Joyeaux, who has been banging on the door of late, can gain some just reward for her consistency if all goes to plan for her. As a hold up horse, she looks sure to have the race run to suit and we fancy the strong pace will play to Joyeaux's strengths in the lucky last.
Word Perfect 14-1 (9-2) With leader far side, led overall well over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on until headed towards finish, 2nd of 13, 1l behind Compton Classic (8-13) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Tanforan 20-1 (9-8) Always in rear, 10th of 11, 12l behind The History Man (8-12) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Howards Tipple 6-4fav (9-5) Prominent, effort over 1f out, stayed on to lead post, won at Ayr 5f 3yo hcp (6) gd beating Spinning Game (7-11) by a hd, 9 ran.
Joyeaux 4-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden halfway, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Funfair Wane (9-0) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Regal Raider (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, headway and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 6l behind Mister Jingles (8-13) at Musselburgh 7f clm (6) gd in Jul.
Legal Set (IRE) 66-1 (8-2) Help up mid-division, never on terms, 12th of 17, 6l behind Compton's Eleven (9-10) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Rondo 4-1 (8-4) Refused to race refused to race in race won by John Keats (9-6) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd, 15 ran.
Oeuf A La Neige 14-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride and always towards rear, 7th of 11, 3 1/2l behind The Salwick Flyer (8-9) at Hamilton 6f app hcp (6) gs.
Mutayam 150-1 (8-4) Always towards rear, 6th of 9, 6l behind Funfair Wane (9-0) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Obe One 50-1 (8-3) Behind stand side, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong, no impression, 7th of 13, 7l behind Compton Classic (8-13) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.