Jamie Spencer is reunited with PAKTOLOS and John Harris's gelding is preferred to Managua and Porgy in a very competitive claimer. Although not at his best of late, the selection has conditions more in his favour this evening. The jockey booking looks ideal for a hold-up performer and a better run is anticipated. Nevada Desert is a course winner but he has stamina doubts to dispel, Kames Park has been holding his form well bar one Hamilton flop and is respected, whilst High Ambition is a player on the figures and genuinely good ground would suit. Stablemate Trip The Light knows how to win on the Knavesmire and his record in claiming grade is second to none, so along with Managua and Porgy he is considered. The former has Ryan Moore on-board and this unexposed gelding rates high on the list, as does Porgy who was last seen finishing down the field in the John Smith's Cup. A cracking claimer then where narrow preference is for Paktolos.
Porgy 33-1 (8-5) Held up towards rear, never a factor, 16th of 19, 19l behind Wigmore Hall (8-2) at York 1m 2f hcap (2) gf.
Trip The Light 11-1 (9-3) Held up behind, effort over 2f out, ridden and kept on under pressure from over 1f out, never able to challenge, 5th of 7, 11l behind La De Two (10-0) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Managua 16-1 (9-0) Raced wide in touch, steadied to mid-division 7f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 13, 13l behind Just Lille (9-3) at Hamilton 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jun.
King Of The Titans (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, raced wide before bend approaching 2 out, soon ridden and weakened, 9th of 11, 38l behind Stumped (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in May.
High Ambition 9-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, effort over 2f out, no impression, 7th of 16, 10l behind Brushing (9-6) at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Kames Park (IRE) 6-1 (10-0) Dwelt, held up in rear, switched outside and headway 2f out, ridden to chase winner 1f out, kept on, held inside final furlong, 2nd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Patavium (9-6) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Nevada Desert (IRE) 40-1 (9-5) Pulled hard towards rear, never dangerous, last of 11, 20l behind Jonny Lesters Hair (9-4) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Paktolos (FR) 16-1 (9-3) In rear, came center 9f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 6th of 9, 13l behind Perfect Shot (9-6) at Newmarket 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Captain Cornelius (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Pulled hard and hung right, held up in rear, went modest 4th over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 6, 29l behind Pass Muster (9-3) at Newcastle 1m 2f 3yo mdn aut (5) gf in May.