Course and distance winner JUMIRA PRINCE (NAP) has a visor replacing the blinkers he wore when just beaten at Haydock last time. He’s 2lb higher but looks the one to beat ahead of comfortable Doncaster maiden winner Wasm and the more-exposed Caledonia Laird. Pacific Salt scored over track and trip last month but all of his victories so far have come in Class 6 company. Intensical is only a pound higher than for his last win and Ace Master has been lightly raced this year, though isn’t getting any younger.
Ace Master 20-1 (9-6) Raced wide, pressed leaders after 2f, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 7, 7 1/2l behind Sitar (8-12) at Nottingham 5f hcp (5) gs in Jul.
Ataman (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) last of 12, 17 1/2l behind Hawridge Glory (9-6) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Pacific Salt (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Led 1f, chased leader, ridden 2f out, led entering final furlong, held on towards finish, won at Nottingham 1m hcp (6) gs in Jul beating Heart Of Gold (9-5) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Wasm 10-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, headway on outside from 2f out, led inside final furlong, soon clear, readily, won at Doncaster 7f mdn stks (5) sft in Jul beating Sunday Prospect (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
White Tower (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Went right start, tracked clear winner until ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 24 1/4l behind Pillar Of Society (9-3) at Newmarket 1m hcp (3) gs in Jul.
Hijran (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Raced wide until led 5f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakening when hampered inside final furlong, last of 12, 19 1/4l behind Mango Chutney (9-6) at Thirsk 7f hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Jumira Prince (IRE) 13-8fav (9-6) Raced keenly, tracked leader, challenged over 2f out, led narrowly 1f out, soon ridden, kept on until headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Wigan Warrior (9-6) at Haydock 1m hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Intensical (IRE) 5-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, front pair clear 6f out, closed over 3f out, soon ridden, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Fantasy Queen (9-4) at Chepstow 1m hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Caledonia Laird 8-1 (9-4) In rear, headway inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, not reach leaders, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Golden Guest (9-2) at Yarmouth 7f hcp (5) gd in Jul.