Plenty with claims in a tight handicap. Recent winners Hydrant and Honoured scored in lesser company last time and Reset City went close to following up her course and distance win at Brighton last week. Saint Thomas, Carragold and Tartan Gigha are all previous course and distance winners though the latter has come up short in similar company here of late. Arc Light can be forgiven his latest start over a longer trip as he landed a double over 1m2f at Newcastle before that but the speculative vote goes to GALA CASINO STAR. Geoff Harker's course winner ran well in a higher grade at Ayr last time and was successful off today's mark at Nottingham last season.
Gala Casino Star (IRE) 8-1 (8-6) Close up, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 8, 3l behind Awake My Soul (9-6) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Carragold 11-4fav (8-9) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out,, went 3rd briefly inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 7, 6l behind Garde Cotiere (9-7) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Tartan Gigha (IRE) 6-1 (8-10) Towards rear, headway on outer over 2f out, one pace and no impression, 6th of 7, 8l behind Garde Cotiere (9-7) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Arc Light (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Towards rear, driven and headway on inside 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 14, 11l behind Looks Like Rain (8-5) at York 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Saint Thomas (IRE) 3-1fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden to lead briefly over 1f out, kept on same pace, no extra in 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 8, 3l behind Christmas Light (9-2) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Hydrant 11-4fav (8-9) Made all, ridden over 1f out, kept on gamely, just held on, won at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Rawaafed (9-1) by hd, 9 ran.
Honoured (IRE) 9-4fav (9-3) In touch, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, soon challenged, ran on, gamely, won at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf beating Cane Cat (8-10) by nk, 10 ran.
Reset City 5-4fav (8-12) Took keen hold in touch, headway over 3f out, every chance over 1f out, led inside final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 4, shd behind Yojojo (9-1) at Brighton 1m 2f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Woodacre 22-1 (9-10) Steadied start, behind, headway over 2f out, soon every chance, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 10, 9l behind Broughton (8-11) at Ripon 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd.