An easy surface suits Smart Step and she made all to score over C&D last month. The drop back to a mile may not have suited at Doncaster subsequently and Mark Johnston's filly has to go on the short-list today. But preference is for AMAZING BLUE SKY, who has run well in both starts this season and has proved a consistent performer off this sort of mark over the last 12 months. Brockfield should now be approaching peak fitness and could make the frame but Count Bertoni still looks a shade high in the weights and was behind Newcastle runner-up Ailsa Craig over C&D in August. Doctor Zhivago doesn't win very often but is probably the pick of the remainder.
Count Bertoni (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) With leader, lost place quickly over 2f out, 19th of 22, 24l behind Karaka Jack (9-3) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Souter Point (USA) 50-1 (8-13) Held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 16, 16l behind West End Lad (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Mar.
Ailsa Craig (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Mid-division, headway when not clear run over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 16, 1l behind Tres Coronas (9-6) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr.
Doctor Zhivago 2-1fav (9-3) Raced wide chased leading pair, ridden 4f out, no impression final 3f, 3rd of 7, 14l behind Jack Dawkins (9-3) at Southwell 1m 3f clm stks (6) fbs in Apr.
Amazing Blue Sky 5-1 (8-13) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 6l behind The Galloping Shoe (8-10) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Apr.
Smart Step 3-1fav (8-11) In touch, pushed along 4f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 7th of 13, 10l behind She's A Character (9-3) at Doncaster 1m flls hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Apr.
Brockfield 7-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, no progress, 9th of 15, 39l behind Flying Applause (9-3) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Apr.
Shaloo Diamond 16-1 (9-1) Always towards rear, 12th of 13, 21l behind Easy Terms (8-10) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Tribal Myth (IRE) 28-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 6th of 16, 10l behind Zafranagar (9-1) at Doncaster 1m 2f app hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Mar.
Yorksters Prince (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Raced wide, chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 3f out, last of 12, 33l behind Thackeray (8-9) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr.
Linroyale Boy (USA) 25-1 (9-11) Slowly into stride, always behind, never a factor, 10th of 13, 27l behind Intense Pink (8-9) at Pontefract 6f mdn stks (5) sft in Apr.
Maybeme 12-1 (8-3) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway on outer over 3f out, kept on final furlong, 5th of 10, 4l behind Smart Step (9-5) at Beverley 1m 2f fll hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Apr.