Musical Bridge is just 2lb higher in the ratings than when he beat Sandwith at Hamilton in June. The latter ran reasonably to finish second here last time out and has frame claims whilst Sloop Johnb has slipped down the weights to a realistic mark but is bang out of form. Cayman Fox is still 11lb higher than her last winning mark and continues to look in the grasp of the handicapper. Schoolboy Champ will appreciate the drop back to the minimum trip after weakening with a furlong to go over six furlongs last time out at Ayr. AVERTUOSO has the assistance of a visor that has garnered plenty of improvement in his last three starts and after a poor start at Nottingham most recently he did better than the bare form fifth position suggests. Atlantic Beach prefers faster ground than this but Grissom could be a danger after a creditable second at Pontefract last time.
Atlantic Beach 9-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders stands side group, ridden to lead narrowly over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 17, 2 1/4l behind Hazelrigg (9-3) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Grissom (IRE) 3-1fav (8-11) In touch, ridden 2f out, stayed on to go 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Divertimenti (8-12) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Sloop Johnb 50-1 (8-5) Dwelt, soon chased leaders, lost place 2f out, weakened final furlong, 12th of 14, 20l behind Magic Cat (9-0) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy.
Cayman Fox 25-1 (8-0) Soon led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 5th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Beat The Bell (8-13) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Avertuoso 11-2 (9-6) Removed hood late and slowly away, behind, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, nearest at finish, 5th of 15, 4l behind Tamarind Hill (8-11) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Musical Bridge 16-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden and lost place over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 10, 11l behind Yurituni (9-6) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Berbice (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Chased leaders and keen, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 10l behind Out Of Nothing (8-9) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Distant Sun (USA) 25-1 (9-5) Hampered start, behind and soon outpaced, ridden halfway, never dangerous, last of 14, 29l behind Charles Parnell (8-13) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Sandwith 9-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Highland Warrior (9-4) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Sep.
Hypnosis 8-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 9, 8l behind Lesley's Choice (9-0) at Musselburgh 5f clm stks (6) gs.
Schoolboy Champ 18-1 (9-1) Went right start, held up in touch, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 14l behind Captain Royale (8-10) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sep.