THECORNISHCOWBOY had dropped to his lowest mark for two years when slamming his rivals at Nottingham on Thursday, and, as that was an apprentices' race, he escapes a penalty and can complete a quick double. Henpecked looked to have a bit up her sleeve when gaining her first victory here last month and with just 4lb extra to contend with she should be in the firing line. Rockweiller won here last month but couldn't cope with an 8lb rise later while Amazing Blue Sky, who is looking for his 10th career victory, seems better over slightly further. It's tempting to side with Thankyou Very Much after a good run at Beverley and she could provide the main threat under Jamie Spencer.
Thecornishcowboy 5-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, pushed along and headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, soon clear, kept on strongly, won at Nottingham 1m 2f app hcp (6) sft beating Roger Thorpe (9-7) by 7l, 6 ran.
Thankyou Very Much 9-2 (8-6) Slowly into stride, in rear, headway on inner 2f out, ridden and stayed on to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Maybeme (8-10) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in May.
Henpecked 4-1fav (9-3) In touch, pushed along 4f out, chased leader over 3f out, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, ran on and hung right near finish, won at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May beating Troy Boy (8-4) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Wyldfire (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, soon lost place, last of 9, 14l behind St Moritz (9-4) at Redcar 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in May.
Rockweiller 11-4 (8-11) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 6, 10l behind Thecornishcowboy (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2f app hcp (6) sft.
Thackeray 50-1 (10-3) In touch, weakened 2f out, 9th of 12, 36l behind Ebony Express (11-2) at Nottingham 1m 2f am hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Nov.
Indian Giver 50-1 (9-8) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 3f out, 9th of 11, 23l behind Absolutely Me (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Primary Route (IRE) 33-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, driven to challenge over 3f out, hung right and weakened over 2f out, last of 9, 15l behind Choisan (9-10) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in May.
Amazing Blue Sky 10-1 (8-2) Held up behind, headway when not clear run over 1f out until inside final furlong, ridden and stayed on final 110 yards, went 4th near finish, unable to challenge, 4th of 10, 5l behind Saved By The Bell (9-13) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Inniscastle Boy 20-1 (8-0) Held up in last pair, never on terms, 5th of 8, 11l behind Remember Rocky (8-9) at Ayr 1m 1f app hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May.
Cheeky Wee Red 33-1 (8-9) In rear, ridden 3f out, never near leaders, 7th of 10, 6l behind Push Me (9-13) at Hamilton 1m fll hcp (5) gd in May.