Osteopathic Remedy can count this contest in 2011 among his three wins over track and trip and the veteran's latest effort at Ayr points to another bold bid. But TRAIL BLAZE may have too much for him today as Kevin Ryan's charge drops down in class after a fine effort at Ascot last Saturday. The latter also makes more appeal than a couple of recent winners in Snow Bay and Top Notch Tonto, although the last-named is open to further progress and should get involved. Fieldgunner Kirkup will also be thereabouts if the ground cuts up and the same comment applies to Ocean Tempest but Al Muheer still looks a bigger threat on his recent second at York.
Trail Blaze (IRE) 40-1 (8-6) Raced far side, pressed leader, pushed along 3f out, led group 2f out, driven inside final furlong and stayed on well, not quite pace of winner near side, 2nd of 29, 1/2l behind Galician (8-12) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Osteopathic Remedy (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Keen in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, ran on, gaining near finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Able Master (9-13) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Norse Blues 14-1 (9-11) Led, ridden and headed inside final 2f, no extra final furlong, 9th of 14, 8l behind The Rectifier (9-11) at York 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Oddysey (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, soon chased leaders, outpaced and ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, weakened and eased inside final furlong, last of 6, 20l behind Galician (9-7) at Newbury 1m fll hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Al Muheer (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Raced keenly, mid-division, headway 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, stayed on to challenge and every chance towards finish, just held, 3rd of 14, hd behind The Rectifier (9-11) at York 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Snow Bay 6-1 (9-0) Made all, ridden 2f out, pressed inside final furlong, driven out, won at Chester 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun beating Kingscroft (9-4) by nk, 8 ran.
Fieldgunner Kirkup (GER) 12-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, never dangerous, 8th of 9, 11l behind Alejandro (9-5) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Ingleby Angel (IRE) 9-1 (9-13) Slowly into stride, behind, headway over 1f out, kept on well, never troubled leaders, 4th of 9, 1 1/2l behind Silverheels (9-11) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Sam Nombulist 12-1 (8-11) Led and carried head high, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 12l behind Smarty Socks (9-1) at York 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun.
Subtle Knife 6-1 (8-10) Raced far side in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 6th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Hippy Hippy Shake (9-1) at Newmarket 1m fll hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Karaka Jack 5-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd inside final furlong, kept on but no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 15, 7l behind Lord Of The Dance (9-13) at Ascot 7f ladys hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Invincible Hero (IRE) 9-2 (8-10) Slowly into stride, tracked leaders, went 2nd over 5f out, pushed along over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 8, 18l behind Le Chat D'or (8-9) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Jul.
No Poppy (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, challenged over 3f out to over 1f out, ridden and one pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 6l behind Frog Hollow (9-6) at York 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Our Boy Jack (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) Led until over 2f out, rallied over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Alejandro (9-5) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Savanna Days (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Chased leading trio, pushed along 3f out, ridden inside final 2f, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 18l behind Butterfly Mcqueen (8-12) at Ascot 1m flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf in Jul.
Copperwood 12-1 (8-11) In touch, ridden and headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 17, 20l behind Highland Duke (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 1f app hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Ocean Tempest 11-2 (9-13) Chased leaders in 5th, pushed along 3f out, edged right 2f out, stayed on to 3rd 1f out, kept on but not pace of leading duo, 3rd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Sennockian Star (8-10) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.
Top Notch Tonto (IRE) 9-4fav (9-5) In touch, switched left over 2f out, headway soon after, ridden to lead inside final furlong, just held on, won at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul beating Royal Prize (8-13) by ns, 7 ran.