WEST LEAKE HARE will need to improve again upped a further 7lb as he bids for a hat-trick. But he may well do so as he had both Chookie Avon and Beckermet well behind in a higher grade race at Catterick last time and Dandy Nicholls' charge gets the nod. Barney McGrew has slipped a few pounds down the weights but never threatened when third at Doncaster and needs a bit more to figure as does Strictly Ballroom, beaten six lengths on the Turf at Lingfield last time.
West Leake Hare (IRE) 5-1fav (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway and switched right over 1f out, ran on to lead and hung left towards finish, readily, won at Catterick 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Kung Hei Fat Choy (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 15 ran.
Barney McGrew (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Victoire De Lyphar (9-12) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Chookie Avon 12-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 8, 4l behind True Pleasure (8-9) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Silverware (USA) 9-1 (10-0) Pushed along to soon lead, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 9l behind Jebel Tara (9-6) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Strictly Ballroom (IRE) 5-2 (9-0) Tracked leader until over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 3rd of 4, 6l behind Whipper Snapper (9-0) at Lingfield 7f 3yo stk 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Beckermet (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Led until over 4f out, outpaced over 2f out, rallied over 1f out, stayed on well closing stages, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Diamondhead (9-7) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Conjuror's Bluff 40-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, under pressure halfway, soon weakened, 5th of 13, 13l behind Blue Maisey (9-3) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.