Muntadab looks to be on a decent mark at present and Get Knotted has been a standing dish here down the years. Star Shield ended the last campaign with a victory over a mile at Haydock but Tim Easterby’s yard appears to hold a strong hand in this. Boardman was back to his best when skating up on heavy ground at Haydock last weekend and should go well again under his penalty with Cassy O catching the eye when just behind Trinity Lake at Wetherby last month. FORTAMOUR may be at the top of the racecard but the weights are fairly compacted and Ben Haslam’s tough handicapper is a pound lower than when third in a higher grade over course and distance last July. His latest third at Ripon is working out well with then fourth and fifth both successful since. Tom Collins will enjoy conditions more than at Thirsk but he’s not raced over a trip this short since his two-year-old days.
Fortamour (IRE) 7-2 (8-4) In rear, outpaced 2f out, ran on close home for third, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Staxton (8-9) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gf in Apr.
Molls Memory 4-1 (8-13) Towards rear, pushed along and headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 11, 3 3/4l behind Zip (8-10) at Newcastle 7f hcp (3) pol in Apr.
Soar Above 9-2 (9-4) Off the pace in last pair, went modest 5th final furlong, never on terms, 5th of 7, 6 3/4l behind Starshiba (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp (3) pol in Jan.
Danielsflyer (IRE) 6-4fav (9-7) Led, pushed along and headed over 1f out, soon lost 2nd, weakened inside final furlong, 3rd of 4, 2 3/4l behind Hong Kong Harry (9-2) at Ayr 7f hcp (4) gf in Apr.
Flaming Spear (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Pressed leader, led 5f out, went clear over 3f out, reduced lead over 1f out, headed and weakened rapidly inside final furlong, 10th of 11, 8 1/4l behind Fantasy Believer (9-9) at Kempton 1m hcp (4) pol in Apr.
Star Shield 17-2 (9-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, soon switched left, ridden to lead inside final furlong, soon joined, won on the nod, won at Haydock 1m hcp (4) sft in Sep beating Mostawaa (9-12) by ns, 15 ran.
Highfield Princess (FR) (8-11) 11th of 16, 3 3/4l behind Alpen Rose (8-11) at Deauville 7f lst stks pol in Dec.
Shawaamekh 28-1 (9-3) In rear, took keen hold, headway over 2f out, short of room over 1f out, kept on strongly inside final 110 yards, 4th of 14, 1l behind Broken Spear (9-7) at Chester 7f hcp (4) gs in May.
Late Arrival (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Prominent, not much room and lost place over 1f out, soon weakened, 12th of 15, 8 1/2l behind Alminoor (9-4) at Chelmsford City 7f hcp (4) pol in Oct.
Get Knotted (IRE) 3-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, in rear, pushed along over 2f out, kept on at same pace inside final furlong, last of 4, 5l behind Hong Kong Harry (9-2) at Ayr 7f hcp (4) gf in Apr.
Boardman 9-1 (9-3) Edged right start, soon switched left and held up in rear, switched left and headway over 2f out, switched right to chase leader over 1f out, led entering final furlong, drew clear final 100 yards, stayed on well, won at Haydock 7f hcp (4) hvy in May beating Ffion (9-7) by 4 3/4l, 8 ran.
Silver Dust (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out until inside final 2f, chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 5 1/4l behind Fantasy Believer (9-9) at Kempton 1m hcp (4) pol in Apr.
Trinity Lake 4-1 (9-7) In touch in mid-division, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, headed inside final 50 yards, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Chookie Dunedin (9-5) at Wetherby 7f hcp (4) gd in Apr.
Red Poppy 11-4 (9-1) In touch, pushed along halfway, hung left and lost action 2f out, heavily eased, last of 6, dist behind Gale Force Maya (9-7) at Doncaster 7f hcp fll (4) gf in Apr.
Muntadab (IRE) 11-4 (8-12) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Queen's Sargent (9-6) at Catterick 7f hcp (3) gf in Apr.
Cassy O (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) Held up towards rear, driven on outside over 2f out, headway over 1f out, went 3rd well inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Chookie Dunedin (9-5) at Wetherby 7f hcp (4) gd in Apr.
Presidential (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, pushed along and struggling over 2f out, modest headway 1f out, no impression, 6th of 8, 13 1/4l behind Boardman (9-3) at Haydock 7f hcp (4) hvy in May.
Bringitonboris (USA) 5-1 (9-7) Held up last of all, pushed along over 2f out and brief progress, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 6 3/4l behind Lion Tower (9-8) at Ayr 1m hcp (5) gf in Apr.
Ey Up Its Mick 6-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, effort 3f out, beaten and edged left over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 8, 11l behind Boardman (9-3) at Haydock 7f hcp (4) hvy in May.
Tom Collins 13-2 (8-12) Held up, outpaced over 2f out, never a threat, 12th of 15, 5 1/4l behind Storting (8-11) at Thirsk 1m hcp (2) gf in May.