SILVER ALLIANCE and Ross Birkett teamed up to win this in 2014 and arrive off the back of a recent victory at Newbury. That pairing should go close again while Lean On Pete was placed in one of these events at Beverley last week and Merchant Of Medici has also won for an amateur before. Both of Qibtee’s wins last year came in amateurs’ races, including a course and distance success, and he can figure but both Farham and Muqarred have something to prove over today’s longer trip.
Muqarred (USA) 13-2 (9-12) Led, ridden over 2f out, kept on and headed towards finish, no extra, 4th of 7, 3/4l behind Lord Kelvin (9-2) at Beverley 1m hcp (5) gd in Jun.
Farham (USA) 14-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on, 5th of 11, 4 1/4l behind Monsieur Glory (8-11) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp (5) gf in Jul.
Silver Alliance 10-3 (10-9) Held up, in 6th, switched right and headway 2f out, challenged entering final furlong, stayed on, led towards finish, won at Newbury 1m 2f hcp (5) gf in Jul beating Thecornishbarron (11-0) by nk, 7 ran.
Merchant Of Medici 9-4fav (9-12) Disputed 2nd behind clear leader, close up 3f out, lost place over 1f out, soon ridden and one pace, no impression with front pair inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3 3/4l behind Whitchurch (9-0) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp (6) gf in Jul.
Proven Point (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Steadied after start, took keen hold and held up in rear, went poor 4th over 2f out, 4th of 7, 31 1/4l behind Icefall (9-5) at Pontefract 1m 4f mdn stks (4) gf in Jul.
Lean On Pete (IRE) 9-1 (10-4) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind I'm Super Too (9-13) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp (6) gf in Jul.
Qibtee (FR) 9-1 (9-1) Held up, towards rear and in touch, pushed along over 3f out, soon outpaced, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3 1/4l behind Falcon's Fire (8-1) at Hamilton 1m 3f hcp (5) sft in Jul.