MUNAAWER has taken time to find his form since arriving from France a year ago but looks ready to gain his first success for James Bethell. A winner on the all-weather at Cagnes-Sur-Mer last February, he produced his best run to date for the Middleham yard when runner-up to Easy Terms at Ripon and Amy Ryan's claim wipes out the subsequent rise in weights. Royal Composer is just 1lb higher than when scoring here in July and he'll be better for last week's reappearance at Nottingham under an apprentice. Rowan Lodge is another who goes well on the track, though the race he won in April was a seller, but Zaplamation is now on the highest mark of a 37-run career and disappointed over the C&D last time.
Zaplamation (IRE) 10-3fav (9-3) In rear, stumbled over 3f out, never dangerous, last of 6, 7l behind Tribal Myth (8-7) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Judicious 40-1 (9-10) Behind, some late headway, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 16l behind The Fun Crusher (8-8) at Thirsk 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd in Apr.
Rowan Lodge (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Held up towards rear, one pace frome over 1f out, no impression, 4th of 7, 12l behind Violent Velocity (9-5) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Munaawer (USA) 25-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Easy Terms (8-13) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Baltimore Jack (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Led, headed over 6f out, ridden and every chance over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 21l behind Epernay (9-0) at Carlisle 1m app hcp (6) gs in May.
Barton Bounty 9-1 (8-10) Close up on inside, ridden over 3f out, weakening when not much room on rails over 1f out, 10th of 12, 11l behind Petsas Pleasure (8-4) at Redcar 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Lady Excel (IRE) 50-1 (8-7) Held up towards rear, headway towards inside and squeezed through over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to trouble leaders, 5th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Petsas Pleasure (8-4) at Redcar 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Royal Composer (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Mid-division, some headway 3f out, not trouble leaders, 5th of 8, 6l behind Dragon Slayer (8-13) at Nottingham 1m 2f app hcp (6) gf.