Zomerlust won this last year and remains in very good form though this looks a stronger claiming event than normal. Arganil won a class 3 handicap at Thirsk last month and though beaten in similar class subsequently he's well up to this but Tajneed finished in front of him here last time and, as Dandy Nicholls' veteran loves this track and some give in the ground, he can confirm that superiority. FATHSTA is another who hasn't won for a while but he's been running in much higher grade including when a close fourth in a class 2 handicap at Goodwood. It's about time he was winning again and this looks a good opportunity.
Ballista (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders and keen, headway on outer over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 4l behind Powerful Presence (9-6) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Fathsta (IRE) 6-1 (9-10) In rear, pushed along over 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on, never nearer, 7th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Hezmah (9-11) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Arganil (USA) 25-1 (9-7) In rear, moderate headway over 1f out, 8th of 19, 29l behind Sam Nombulist (8-8) at York 7f hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Tajneed (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, stayed on towards finish, 4th of 13, 4l behind Pearl Ice (9-2) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Zomerlust 5-2 (9-6) Led, took keen hold, ridden and headed over 1f out, regained lead inside final furlong, kept on, won at Redcar 6f clm stks (6) sft in May beating Ursula (9-0) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Chandigarh (IRE) 7-2 (8-2) Soon crosed over to lead one off rail, ridden and edged right over 1f out, headed 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Llewellyn (8-10) at Folkestone 6f clm stks (6) sft.
What About You (IRE) 10-3 (9-3) Chased leader, ridden on outside and every chance over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Redair (8-10) at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (6) pol.