Only four face the starter here but it's an interesting little contest. Kashmir Peak would certainly have a chance on past form but he's been out of sorts on the Flat lately. Red Merlin has won half of his 10 starts over timber and made a pleasing return from injury at Uttoxeter. Street Entertainer beat ITTIRAD over a slightly longer trip at Fontwell in May but the latter is 4lb better off now and should turn the tables - he gets a narrow vote today.
Red Merlin (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Mid-division on inside, headway 6th, challenged 2 out, every chance last, hung left flat, bumped towards finish, stayed on, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Dubawi Phantom (10-2) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Jun.
Kashmir Peak (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, ridden before 2 out, never dangerous, 12th of 22, 17l behind Court Minstrel (11-12) at Aintree 2m cond hcp hdl (2) gs in Apr.
Ittirad (USA) 2-1fav (11-7) Chased leader, challenged 4th, led next, pushed along when joined and hit 2 out, headed last, kept on same pace flat, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Detroit Red (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Jul.
Street Entertainer (IRE) 11-4 (11-12) Tracked leading pair, 2nd 3 out, ridden and every chance when not fluent 2 out, soon lost 2nd, no extra, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Detroit Red (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Jul.