PHOENIX CLUBS could have the edge in this as the last time she encountered 5f in soft ground, she ran out a winner at Redcar. Paul Midgley's filly gets the nod ahead of the speedy Sunny Side Up, who has won three times on a fast surface this season, and Mercers Row, who has struggled off higher marks since landing a double back in May. Tuibama is another in the handicapper's grip at present but Captain Royale is back on a winning mark if he can find his best. Bronze Beau may have finally slipped down to a decent mark as he showed signs of a return to form at Beverley last week.
Bronze Beau 7-1 (9-7) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Indian Trail (8-6) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fm.
Mercers Row 9-2 (8-11) Took keen hold, chased leaders, driven over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 9l behind Bint Alzain (9-0) at Kempton 6f Classified Claiming Stakes (0-75) (3-5yo) (6) pol in Aug.
Sunny Side Up (IRE) 9-4fav (8-5) With leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 7l behind Liberty Island (8-13) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Kellys Eye (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Towards rear, outpaced when hung left and ridden inside final 2f, edged right under pressure inside final furlong, never on terms, 8th of 10, 8l behind Sovereign Street (9-7) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Aug.
Phoenix Clubs (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up and never on terms, 14th of 15, 15l behind Midnight Dynamo (9-1) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Captain Royale (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Prominent, ridden and every chance 2f out to over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 8l behind Dickie Le Davoir (9-1) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Red Roar (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Soon outpaced in rear, never a factor, last of 10, 26l behind We'll Deal Again (9-5) at Catterick 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug.
Tuibama (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Upset in stalls, chased winner all the way, no impression over 1f out, kept on to hod 2nd, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Ingenti (8-11) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug.