DREAM WILD was still beaten a long way despite finishing second at Yarmouth last time behind the progressive Estiqaama. However, her trainer's outstanding strike rate at this course makes her hard to ignore and she may well improve past Simply Shining. The latter's consistent form at this level means she gets little respite from the handicapper while Polar Chief remains 6lb higher than last season's win at Haydock. Relight My Fire is a regular at the track but has done all his winning over 7f and maiden winner Rainbow Beauty is having her first start of the year.
Polar Chief 9-2 (9-5) Always towards rear, weakened over 3f out, 8th of 9, 20l behind Woody Bay (8-11) at Redcar 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Dream Wild 7-2 (9-0) Keen tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner over 2f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 8l behind Estiqaama (9-7) at Yarmouth 1m 3yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Simply Shining (IRE) 13-2 (9-4) Tracked leading pair, challenged over 2f out, soon ridden, every chance until one pace inside final furlong, kept on to take 3rd near finish, just failed for 2nd, 3rd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Nurpur (9-9) at York 1m 3yo app hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Relight My Fire 9-2 (8-10) Tracked leader, pushed along over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened entering final furlong, 8th of 10, 14l behind Big Johnny D (9-2) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Rainbow Beauty 10-3 (8-11) Took keen hold, led 1f, chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to lead close home, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Nov beating Inessa Armand (8-7) by nk, 10 ran.
Old Man Clegg 9-2 (9-3) Led, headed over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 20l behind Rocket Ronnie (9-0) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Laudation 28-1 (9-3) Always towards rear, 15th of 16, 33l behind Look On By (8-1) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Dutch Gal 18-1 (9-0) Led, headed 5f out, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 9, 27l behind Drahem (9-0) at Yarmouth 1m 3yo stk 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.