It's hard to make a strong case for any of these on what they've shown so far. Musnad was last seen over 1m2f on soft ground and it's anybody's guess what he's doing over this trip, while a similar comment applies to American Lover who actually made his racecourse debut in a bumper. SURELY THIS TIME is the token selection as he went close over today's distance at Ripon a fortnight ago, although the likely fast ground is a worry. Cool In The Shade is even more suspect on a fast surface and the newcomers make no appeal on breeding, though Libys Dream should have come on for her recent debut.
Avon Rising 66-1 (9-4) Behind, outpaced 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 7, 23l behind Mawjoodah (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f mdn stks (5) pol.
Boucher Garcon (IRE) 22-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 9, 13l behind Supercharged (8-12) at Wolverhampton 5f mdn stks (5) pol.
Musnad (USA) 4-1 (9-1) Soon tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd over 3f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 5l behind Aiken (9-1) at Chester 1m 2f mdn stks (4) sft in Jun.
Nially Noo Oasis Dream gelding out of Millyant.
Surely This Time (IRE) 10-3 (9-3) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Hills Of Dakota (9-3) at Ripon 5f mdn stks (5) gs.
American Lover (FR) 16-1 (8-11) Held up, ridden 3f out, not trouble leaders, last of 7, 13l behind Toto Skyllachy (10-0) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Uddy Mac 28-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, never a threat, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Downhill Skier (9-8) at Thirsk 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Wing N Prayer (IRE) 66-1 (8-2) Slowly into stride, ridden along in rear, headway to 3rd 6f out, driven 4f out, weakened 3f out, last of 5, well behind Forrest Flyer (9-4) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Cool In The Shade 7-4 (8-5) Raced keenly, tracking leader, led after 2f, driven over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Ever Roses (8-1) at Newcastle 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) hvy.
Ingenti 40-1 (8-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 6l behind Tongalooma (9-0) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
La Danse Champetre Pastoral Pursuits filly out of Dancing Spirit.
Libys Dream (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, held up, headway 4f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 10l behind Ganas (9-0) at Doncaster 6f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gd.
Oosisit Iffraaj filly out of Presentation.
Queen's Princess 66-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, outpaced and always well behind, last of 9, 31l behind Ganas (9-0) at Doncaster 6f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gd.