mid-division, headway over 3f out, driven over 2f out, one pace and weakened inside final furlong
prominent, lost place over 5f out, virtually pulled up
towards rear, driven, headway over 2f out, stayed on final furlong
prominent, driven along over 4f out, weakened over 2f out
prominent, driven along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out
soon led, ridden, headed 3f out, weakened over 1f out
mid-division, driven, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, kept on
prominent, driven along over 3f out, soon beaten
steadied at start, held up towards rear, headway to lead 3f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on same pace
towards rear, headway over 3f out, stayed on same pace final 2f
mid-division, effort over 3f out, soon beaten
This trip takes some getting round here and so we will have to side with the only previous winner of this event Great As Gold, Kayf Aramis and Prairie Sun may provide most danger. Great As Gold landed this contest in 2004 and comes here in terrific form having easily landed an 18 furlong event here earlier this month. The drying ground is a slight concern but nevertheless he is the obvious form pick. Kayf Aramis also boasts recent winning form, he landed a long distance race at Bath thirteen days ago, staying on well to beat Irish Wolf. The extra distance shouldn't be a problem and a big run can be expected. Prairie Sun will have benefitted from a recent spin round Catterick and is certainly well treated on the pick of his form. Ocean Tide may prove best of the others, but Great As Gold cannot be ignored on his favourite track and he gets our vote.
Kristensen 16-1 (8-13) Mid-division on inside, switched outside and headway 3f out, ridden and hung left 2f out, kept on, 3rd of 12, 2l behind Reluctant Suitor (8-3) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Solomon's Mine (USA) 12-1 (9-4) Always behind, last of 20, well behind Vicars Destiny (9-6) at York 2m 4f hcp (5) sft in May.
Great As Gold (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) Held up, headway over 6f out, led over 2f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy beating Turtle Soup (10-0) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
Prairie Sun (GER) 12-1 (8-8) In touch, ridden, outpaced over 3f out, 12th of 15, 22l behind Maneki Neko (8-7) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Ocean Tide 6-1 (9-6) Led early, tracked leaders, outpaced over 3f out, stayed on final furlong, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Great As Gold (9-2) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy.
Habitual Dancer 7-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 14, 19l behind Spring Pursuit (8-9) at Ayr 1m 7f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct.
Villago (GER) 9-1 (9-8) Towards rear, some late headway but never reached challenging position, 8th of 17, 19l behind Liberty Seeker (9-10) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Aristi (IRE) 9-1 (8-7) Led, headed well over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 5l behind Precious Mystery (9-2) at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Kayf Aramis 28-1 (8-4) Made all, kept on, won at Bath 2m 1f hcap (5) sft beating Irish Wolf (9-13) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Sovereign State (IRE) 66-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden over 2f out, stayed on towards finish, 7th of 17, 6l behind Whispering Death (9-1) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Oct.
Totally Scottish 13-2 (8-11) Mid-division, hard driven over 3f out, kept on same pace final 2f, 4th of 17, 6l behind Liberty Seeker (9-10) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Lake 'o' Gold 80-1 (9-4) Towards rear, pushed along over 6f out, some late headway, never near to challenge, 8th of 20, 16l behind Mercurious (9-2) at Catterick 2m hcp (F4) gd in Oct '04.