Barry Hills' strike rate here in the last five years is an impressive one, but all his winners have been two-year-olds. Nevertheless, Sole Danser does have a leading chance on his fourth at Chester last August. Moral Issue is the most experienced but keeps finding at least one too good, while both Spec Nostra and Patriotic turned in poor efforts last time after showing some promise on their debuts. MAHARANEE ran well for a long way when fourth on her debut at Beverley last month and Anne Duffield's filly gets the nod here with improvement expected.
The Fiery Cross 12-1 (9-10) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 7l behind Carrie's Magic (8-10) at Hamilton 6f clm stks (6) gd.
Toots Forest (USA) Teton Forest mare out of Eastern Diva.
Moral Issue Evensfav (9-0) Led, ridden entering final furlong, soon pressed, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Namwahjobo (9-3) at Redcar 6f 3yo mdn aut (5) gf in May.
Patriotic (IRE) 22-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 14, 27l behind Albaasil (9-0) at Yarmouth 1m mdn stks (5) gf in May.
Sole Danser (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) In touch, chased leading pair over 2f out, ridden and effort on outside over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, lost 3rd post, 4th of 9, 3l behind Rigolleto (9-3) at Chester 7f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Aug.
Spes Nostra 11-4fav (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, weakened 2f out, 8th of 14, 18l behind Orbit The Moon (8-13) at Thirsk 7f mdn stks (5) gd in May.
Apreslepetitbois 5-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, chased leaders, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 14l behind Namwahjobo (9-3) at Redcar 6f 3yo mdn aut (5) gf in May.
Maharanee (USA) 8-1 (8-12) Soon tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 4l behind Taqaat (9-3) at Beverley 7f 3yo mdn (5) gf in May.