The superbely bred Hills Of Aran could pop up one these days at a big price, but a safer option here could be Fair Spin, with Mister Arjay and Thewhirlingdervish others worthy of a mention.Micky Hammond's gelding, a son of Pivotal, showed improved form on rain softened ground at Catterick, showing a real battling attitude to beat Wrenlane in a tight finish. If the ground doesn't start to dry up he can make it back to back victories. Mister Arjay has already been successful this season over course and distance, slaughtering his rivals on good ground. If the rain stays away he should be a big player. The Whirlingdervish hasn't won for some time but has also shown a liking for the West Yorkshire track and has dropped down to a decent mark. Vice Admiral could prove best of the others, but you had to admire Fair Spin's determination last time and he can follow up this afternoon.
Hills Of Aran 66-1 (9-6) Mid-division, ridden and lost place halfway, 12th of 14, 37l behind Halla San (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sept.
Mister Arjay (USA) 5-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, led over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Incursion (9-7) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sept.
Great As Gold (IRE) 9-1 (8-8) Mid-division, headway over 5f out, one pace final 2f, 4th of 16, 8l behind Kayf Aramis (8-0) at York 2m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in May.
Laggan Bay (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden, headway over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 12, 5l behind Maystock (9-6) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sept.
Accordello (IRE) 5-4fav (8-7) Mid-division, headway 5f out, in touch when lost action and virtually pulled up final 2f, last of 9, well behind Mister Arjay (8-6) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Thewhirlingdervish (IRE) 15-2 (8-11) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, chased winner over 1f out, kept on but no impression, 2nd of 9, 6l behind To Tiger (8-8) at Ayr 2m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Sept.
Jidiya (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, 28l behind Scotty's Future (9-12) at Beverley 1m 2f ldy rds hcp (5) gs in May.
Vice Admiral 4-1fav (8-13) Led, ridden and headed over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 15, 12l behind Esprit de Corps (9-1) at Redcar 1m 6f hcap (5) gf in Sept.
Fair Spin 14-1 (8-12) Held up behind leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, driven and kept on gamely final furlong, won at Ripon 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Aug beating Wrenlane (9-3) by a shd, 11 ran.
Hirvine (FR) 12-1 (9-4) Led, headed over 3f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 9l behind Tass Heel (9-7) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-60 (F) gf in Oct '03.
Tioga Gold (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Mid-division, effort when weakening over 2f out, 5th of 7, 16l behind Mossmann Gorge (8-11) at Southwell 1m 4f sll (6) fbs in Feb.