SELECT COMMITTEE bids for hat-trick of wins in this event. He hasn't scored since landing last year's renewal but was only beaten a head over C&D in July and an apprentice's 7lb claim helps his cause today. Mount Hollow has been in better form over 6f of late but has never won over the minimum trip before while Almond Branches has decent claims on form but could have been better drawn. C&D winner Diamond Blue wasn't beaten that far despite finishing seventh at Thirsk last time with Elusive Bonus and Ice Trooper looking best of the remainder.
Mount Hollow 5-1 (9-0) In touch, headway on outside over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, led inside final furlong, headed and not quicken final 50 yards, dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Ice Trooper (8-12) at Bath 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Almond Branches 10-1 (8-4) Dwelt, in rear and outpaced, never dangerous, 10th of 11, 11l behind Heeraat (9-6) at York 5f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo) (2) gs in Aug.
Select Committee 5-1 (8-13) Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Llewellyn (9-5) at Thirsk 6f Selling Stakes (0-75) (3yo+) (5) sft in Aug.
Amadeus Denton (IRE) 33-1 (8-8) Chased leaders on stands side rail, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression final furlong, 7th of 10, 4l behind Love Island (8-2) at Thirsk 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Diamond Blue 15-2 (8-12) Reared start, behind stand side, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 7th of 17, 1 3/4l behind Bonnie Charlie (8-10) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Mandalay King (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Behind stand side, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 10th of 17, 2 3/4l behind Bonnie Charlie (8-10) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Ice Trooper 20-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, effort and hung left from over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, led final 50 yards, won at Bath 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Diamond Vine (8-9) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Irish Boy (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 13th of 17, 14l behind Meandmyshadow (9-1) at Leicester 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Elusive Bonus (IRE) 10-3fav (8-13) Led narrowly, headed over 3f out, driven over 2f out, ridden and lost place over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 13, 9l behind Ambitious Boy (9-2) at Chester 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Just Like Heaven (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) In touch on outside, outpaced over 2f out, ridden and kept on under pressure inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 6th of 13, 3l behind Ambitious Boy (9-2) at Chester 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd.