A progressive type has often won this race so it would be no surprise to see Nice Thoughts figuring on his first foray into handicaps. The assessor has had plenty of chance to look at SWIFT CEDAR but David Evans' gelding kept on stoically enough over the trip at Pontefract, and his apprentice's claim can make the difference. Love Marmalade is an infrequent scorer though he has returned back to a feasible mark. King Of Paradise is no stranger to the Merseyside track and Eric Alston's charge is retried in blinkers having disappointed badly on his latest visit. Le Deluge is 4lb below his last winning mark on turf so he should not be discounted too lightly. Quest Of Colour and Stoked have shown their better form with plenty of give underfoot.
Love Marmalade (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Held up, headway 4f out, ridden to chase leading pair 2f out, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Braes Of Lochalsh (8-9) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Swift Cedar (IRE) 16-1 (9-13) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 8, 1/4l behind Lilian Baylis (9-3) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp (5) gd in Jul.
King Of Paradise (IRE) 11-1 (9-12) Raced keenly, led, ridden inside final 2f, headed over 1f out, gradually weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 6 1/4l behind Sandgate (8-3) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp (5) gf in Jul.
Nice Thoughts (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, looked held when hampered and short of room inside final furlong, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Alnashama (9-5) at Bath 1m mdn stks (5) fm in Jul.
Quest Of Colour (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders and keen, went 2nd over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 12 1/4l behind We'll Shake Hands (9-2) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp (5) gf in Jun.
Le Deluge (FR) 16-1 (9-7) Soon tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 14, 20 3/4l behind Skiddaw Valleys (9-4) at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Stoked (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Towards rear and pushed along, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 12l behind Ginger Jack (10-0) at Carlisle 1m hcp (4) gs in Jul.
Unex Modigliani (IRE) 66-1 (9-6) Always towards rear, 11th of 12, 11 3/4l behind Hercullian Prince (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (5) pol in Jul.