The handicapper hosed no mercy to Liscahill Karella after he won by 15 lengths at Bangor and Daniel Loughnane's gelding has struggled since. GRACEFUL DESCENT didn't beat much at Hexham in May but followed that up with a fair run on the Flat 17 days ago and could easily be good enough in a modest finale. South Stack is 11lb higher than when completing a double at Towcester and Exeter in the spring but Felix Da Housecat will strip fitter for his run over 2m here last month and Ironical was second at Worcester on his latest start. Douglas only won a seller at Cartmel however.
Graceful Descent (FR) 3-1fav (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway after 2 out, went 3rd on bit before last, soon led, stayed on well run-in, won at Hexham 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in May beating Farm Pixie (11-0) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
Lord Luso (IRE) 22-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, not fluent 1st, joined leader 5th, ridden and weakened before 2 out, in 4th when mistake last, 4th of 8, 14l behind Talk Of Saafend (10-9) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
South Stack 11-2 (11-12) Held up towards rear and keen, headway 3 out, ridden to chase leaders after 3 out, one pace in 3rd from 2 out, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Talk Of Saafend (10-9) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Liscahill Karella (IRE) 11-1 (10-12) Behind, some headway on inside after 3 out, kept on same pace, never near leaders, 5th of 10, 21l behind The Fonz (11-2) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Felix Da Housecat (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway on outside 4 out, chased leaders next, kept on same pace approaching last, 5th of 12, 22l behind Agricultural (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Layla's Boy 14-1 (11-0) Held up in mid-division, ridden 5th, soon behind, tailed off, 6th of 10, well behind Commanche Dream (10-0) at Worcester 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Ironical (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway on inside 7th, carried right approaching 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, no impression on winner, 2nd of 17, 5l behind Themanfromfraam (10-10) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May.
Landenstown Star (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Badly hampered 1st, well behind after, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Red Riverman (11-11) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Spirit Calling (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, outpaced 4 out, headway after next, soon no impression, 5th of 11, 17l behind Marju King (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Douglas 17-2 (10-11) Tracked leaders, not fluent 6th, went 2nd 4 out, soon led, ridden clear from last, all out, won at Cartmel 2m 6f sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jun beating Folie A Deux (11-9) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Float My Boat 8-1 (10-1) Behind, headway 8th, soon chasing leaders, effort 2 out, soon outpaced, ran on closing stages, never able to challenge, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Rathnaroughy (11-12) at Stratford 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Notonebuttwo (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, raced wide towards rear, never a factor, tailed off, 10th of 14, well behind Keeneland (11-5) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.