It will be interesting to see whether Arizona John takes up this engagement after an entry on Thursday however COOLE DODGER shaped better in defeat last time and is fancied to take top honours here. Brian Ellison's runner was unfancied last time at Carlisle but ran on well behind Rowan Lodge. Assuming that he can keep tabs on this modest bunch in the early stages then he should run a big race on ground that suits. Crocodile Bay drops back down in class but he isn't too reliable, Dream Express was well-held recently at Thirsk and now drops in class, whilst Efidium's best performances have come at Redcar and he is passed over. Fyodorovitch caught the eye at Thirsk earlier this week and may prefer this stiffer test of stamina, whilst Just Sam steps back up in trip and along with Spin Again is not to be passed over too readily. A closely-knit claiming race but preference is for Coole Dodger.
Arizona John (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 19, 12l behind Dancing Maite (9-6) at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Call of Ktulu (IRE) 125-1 (9-5) In touch, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 12, well behind My Mate Mal (9-0) at Newcastle 1m sell stks (6) gf in May.
Coole Dodger (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, effort on inner and hung right over 2f out, never dangerous, 7th of 9, 7l behind Rowan Lodge (9-5) at Carlisle 1m clm stks (6) gf in Jun.
Crocodile Bay (IRE) 22-1 (8-4) Keen, held up, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 22l behind Vainglory (9-7) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Dream Express (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Always in rear, 9th of 10, 9l behind Glenridding (9-7) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Efidium 8-1 (8-9) In touch, led halfway, headed over 1f out, soon beaten, 8th of 11, 7l behind King Pin (8-11) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Favouring (IRE) 11-1 (7-13) Soon outpaced and towards rear, chased along halfway, some late headway, never reached challenging position, 5th of 8, 9l behind Soba Jones (8-6) at Southwell 6f hcap (6) fbs in Feb '08.
Fyodorovich (USA) 66-1 (9-4) Towards rear, effort when not much room and hampered over 2f out, switched right and headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Not Now Lewis (8-13) at Thirsk 1m (6) gd in Jun.
Grey Gurkha 33-1 (11-0) Mid-division, chased leaders over 4f out, weakened well over 2f out, last of 14, 31l behind Botham (10-8) at Hamilton 1m (6) gf in May.
Just Sam (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Close up far side, weakened inside final furlong, 13th of 15, 8l behind Argentine (11-8) at Hamilton 6f (6) gf in Jun.
Mister Maq 40-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and one pace final 2f, 5th of 15, 11l behind Rowan Lodge (9-7) at Carlisle 1m 1f clm stks (6) gf in Jun.
Spin Again (IRE) 11-2 (9-1) Led, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 14, 40l behind Mark Of Meydan (9-2) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jun.