AHLAAIN sets the standard but it is not that exacting and it will be interesting to see if there's any support for Muntasib on debut whilst Pineapple Pete and Out Of The Storm are open to improvement. David Simcock has his team in good order and Ahlaain has an obvious chance to open his account having gone close at Yarmouth last time; the form may not be strong but the first two did pull clear of the field. Muntasib is bred to be useful but Marcus Tregoning doesn't have a great record with his newcomers here. Pineapple Pete is considered but will need to settle better than he did at Thirsk and of more interest may be Out Of The Storm who has shown ability on both starts and is reunited with Seb Sanders who rides this track particularly well. Cathcart Castle has a stone to find with the selection according to the handicapper so it's hard to get too excited about his chance even allowing for the fact that the cambers of this unique track may prove to be something of a leveller as he has it all to do to turn the tables on Ahlaain.
Ahlaain (USA) 7-1 (9-3) Dwelt, soon tracked winner, led halfway, ridden and headed 1f out, led again inside final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 9, hd behind Whaileyy (9-3) at Yarmouth 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Aquilifer (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, always well behind, 11th of 12, 31l behind Dr Green (9-3) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jun.
Cathcart Castle 13-8fav (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Spartic (9-3) at Beverley 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jul.
Muntasib (USA) Mr Greeley colt out of Halo River.
Pineapple Pete (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Cathedral Spires (9-3) at Thirsk 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Jul.
Van Doesburg (IRE) 80-1 (8-12) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 11l behind Measuring Time (9-3) at Salisbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jul.
Out Of The Storm 16-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear and keen, not much room 1f out, soon switched left, kept on, 4th of 14, 7l behind Whisper Louise (9-0) at Windsor 6f 2yo fll mdn (4) gf in Jul.