SMALLJOHN is in good form and is taken to land this while Amethyst Dawn, Dabbers Ridge and Carnivore are others with claims. The Bryan Smart-trained pick is 3lbs higher than when seeing off Nufoudh at Musselburgh last time and is very much a specialist over this trip. He acts on any ground with good in the description and has won from higher marks before on the Polytrack, so we'll back him to follow-up. Amethyst Dawn was a fast ground scorer over course and distance last month and will appreciate the return both to this track and now dropped once more to this trip. From 2lbs higher she has strong claims. Ian McInnes saddles Dabbers Ridge and the eight-year-old goes very well at the track. The ground won't be a problem and he stays further than this, and he is very competitively handicapped. Carnivore has conditions and trip to his liking, though he may just need a drop in the weights and preference is for Smalljohn.
Summer Dancer (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 7th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Nufoudh (9-3) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Roman Glory (IRE) 11-2 (9-6) Led and set steady pace, headed 5f out, effort 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 9, 2l behind Toto Skyllachy (8-12) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Shotley Mac 20-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, raced stands side, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 16, 12l behind Camerooney (8-9) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Handsome Falcon 28-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, raced standside over 2f out, soon ridden and weakened, 11th of 16, 17l behind Camerooney (8-9) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Carnivore 16-1 (8-4) Held up in 6th, weakened over 2f out, last of 10, 21l behind Ezdeyaad (8-10) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Dabbers Ridge (IRE) 15-2 (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Provost (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jun.
West End Lad 18-1 (8-13) Led, clear 6f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 12th of 13, 22l behind Scamperdale (8-12) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Smalljohn 6-4fav (9-0) Led early, tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, edged left and rallied 1f out, edged right and led well inside final furlong, ran on, won at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun beating Nufoudh (9-3) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Amethyst Dawn (IRE) 9-4fav (8-10) Pulled hard in mid-division until headway to lead 5f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Toto Skyllachy (8-12) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Violent Velocity (IRE) 22-1 (8-10) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f, no impression final furlong, 7th of 12, 11l behind Night Lily (9-1) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Stonehaugh (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, no real headway and soon beaten, 7th of 10, 13l behind Ailsa Craig (9-1) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.