The recent winners all hail from the more powerful Northern yards with Tim Easterby chasing a hat-trick of wins with Kenny The Captain. The latter scored at Newcastle last time and should handle the ground. So should Kickboxer who has decent claims on his recent Haydock win while Foxy Clarets beat NO LEAF CLOVER a head at Newcastle last month. But Ollie Pears' charge has since won his maiden at Carlisle and can turn the tables with the former now handicapping for the first time. Makin The Rules and Scots Law are others with scope if handling the soft going and both Damaah and Mr Matthews could also go well from opposite ends of the weights.
Mr Matthews (IRE) 3-1 (9-6) In touch, effort over 1f out, chasing leaders when hung both ways under extreme pressure inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 5th of 7, 1 3/4l behind Stormy Paradise (9-7) at Ascot 6f 2yo hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Banaadeer (IRE) 7-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 1 1/2l behind Bahamian Heights (9-4) at York 6f 2yo hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Foxy Clarets (IRE) 50-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 21, 10l behind Morning Post (9-2) at Doncaster 6f 2yo aut (2) gs.
Kickboxer (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Prominent, led over 1f out, soon edged left, ridden and ran on under pressure, won at Haydock 6f 2yo hcp (2) gs beating Musical Comedy (9-4) by nk, 6 ran.
Black Treacle (IRE) 6-5fav (9-2) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace and no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Maid In Rio (8-6) at Musselburgh 7f 2yo sll (6) gd.
No Leaf Clover (IRE) 2-1fav (9-5) Mid-division, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden to lead when hung right over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, held on, won at Carlisle 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Aug beating Captain Myles (9-5) by nk, 9 ran.
Yorkshire Relish (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Off the pace towards rear, pushed along halfway, never on terms, 17th of 19, 11l behind Haikbidiac (8-11) at York 6f 2yo aut (2) gf in Aug.
Touch The Clouds 50-1 (8-11) Raced near side, outpaced most of way, 13th of 19, 10l behind Haikbidiac (8-11) at York 6f 2yo aut (2) gf in Aug.
Scots Law (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Close up, shaken up when carried slightly left well over 1f out, soon switched right, one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Coral Mist (9-0) at Haydock 6f 2yo stks (5) gs.
Kenny The Captain (IRE) 9-4fav (9-5) Close up, led 2f out, ridden out, won at Newcastle 6f 2yo mdn (5) gs beating Crakehall Lad (9-5) by 2l, 9 ran.
Makin The Rules (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Remember (9-5) at York 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Left Defender (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Tracked leading trio, pushed along and outpaced 3f out, headway and switched left 2f out, driven and stayed on to 3rd well inside final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Floating Ballerino (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Gym Shoes 16-1 (8-3) Chased leaders, outpaced 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, went 4th near finish, no impression, 4th of 7, 2l behind Flying Bear (8-8) at Ascot 5f 2yo hcp (2) gd.
Atheera (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, led 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no chance with winner, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Punk (8-12) at Kempton 7f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Aug.
Damaah (USA) 7-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, led over 2f out, hung right to far rail over 1f out, clear final furlong, stayed on well, won at Carlisle 6f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd beating Instant Attraction (9-7) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Stoney Quine (IRE) 2-1fav (9-7) Pressed winner, ridden and lost 2nd over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 4, 8l behind Touch The Clouds (8-10) at Musselburgh 5f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.