Serena Brotherton teamed-up with CITY GROUND to win last year's renewal and the partnership went close at Goodwood last month. Mick Easterby's charge is preferred to Outlaw Torn, who ran well at Hamilton on Saturday but is better over shorter trips. Tinseltown wasn't beaten far under today's rider over track and trip recently and Valentino Oyster goes well here. Thackeray has tumbled down the weights and a good effort at Ayr last time suggests he could also figure.
Outlaw Torn (IRE) 17-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, went 2nd over 1f out, edged left and stayed on inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Hard Core Debt (9-8) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Tinseltown 18-1 (8-13) Tracked leader until over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 14, 36l behind Woodacre (8-12) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
City Ground (USA) 16-1 (10-6) Tracked leader, led over 5f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Balmoral Castle (10-9) at Goodwood 1m 1f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd in Jun.
Poor Duke (IRE) 50-1 (9-7) Towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, headway over 1f out, one pace, 8th of 13, 6l behind My Single Malt (9-8) at Chester 1m ldy hcp (4) gf.
Valantino Oyster (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 6l behind Thecornishcowboy (9-0) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Snow Dancer (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Held up behind, headway 3f out, ridden to chase leaders over 2f out, stayed on same pace, no impression final furlong, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Elizabeth Coffee (8-9) at Doncaster 1m 2f fll hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Valentine's Gift 33-1 (10-0) In rear, effort over 1f out, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 9l behind Rainford Glory (9-4) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Thackeray 80-1 (8-12) In rear, ridden 3f out, headway approaching final furlong, stayed on to go 2nd near finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Thecornishcowboy (9-7) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Jun.
Tri Nations (UAE) 50-1 (8-1) In touch, ridden on outside 3f out, soon beaten, 10th of 14, 22l behind Beacon Lady (8-5) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Amazing Blue Sky 11-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 6l behind Rainford Glory (9-4) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Diddy Eric 14-1 (9-6) Held up in touch, driven 3f out, soon chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to take 3rd near finish, not reach front pair, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Raamz (9-7) at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Sophie's Beau (USA) 20-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 12, 8l behind Choc'a'moca (8-13) at Beverley 5f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.
Silver Tigress 16-1 (9-2) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 11, 11l behind Rainford Glory (9-4) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Kheskianto (IRE) 33-1 (7-9) Slowly away, tracked leaders and keen, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 7l behind Thecornishcowboy (9-0) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Think 14-1 (8-7) In touch, driven over 3f out, soon ridden, never on terms, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 12l behind I'm Harry (9-7) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Landesherr (GER) 50-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 19l behind Seattle Drive (10-2) at Carlisle 1m 1f ladies clm stks (5) gs in Aug.
Speedy Star (IRE) 100-1 (8-2) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 16l behind Hot Spice (9-4) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.