Daniel Mark Loughnane and Shane Kelly have become a good combination and VERUS DELICIA should give a useful account for them here after bouncing back to form last time with a meritorious second to Feel The Heat in a competitive if low-grade Thirsk handicap sprint. She should be spot-on now and is feasibly treated off a mark of 55. Interestingly it was around this time last term that she found her form. Amenable is a major threat. He keeps threatening to pick up a handicap sprint and was desperately unlucky in running at Beverley last time when a 2l seventh. He's worth a saver, whilst the consistent My Own Way Home continues to perform well and should be on the premises dropped down in grade. Recent winner Russian Bullet is also respected.
Athwaab 14-1 (9-7) Held up in last pair, switched inside and headway 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 7l behind Victorian Number (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in May.
Amenable (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, headway on inner over 1f out, soon not much room, no extra and eased towards finish, 7th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Sophie's Beau (8-5) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Courageous (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden and weakened inside final 2f, 7th of 12, 13l behind Sarangoo (9-7) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
My Own Way Home 9-2 (8-2) In touch, headway halfway, ridden 2f out, not quicken towards finish, 3rd of 8, 1l behind Dancheur (9-7) at Yarmouth 6f fll hcp (0-75) (5) gf.
Bermondsey Bob (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Led until over 3f out, led again over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Commanche (9-7) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Verus Delicia (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Raced stand side in touch, headway 2f out, ridden and stayed on to go 2nd towards finish, not troubled winner, 2nd of 17, 2l behind Feel The Heat (9-0) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Hamis Al Bin (IRE) 5-1 (9-9) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 6l behind Maria Montez (9-3) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Johnny Splash (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Not much room soon after start, chased leaders, driven and outpaced on outside over 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, no impression, 4th of 6, 2 1/4l behind Russian Bullet (9-0) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Scommettitrice (IRE) 3-1 (9-1) Disputed 2nd, driven 3f out, ridden to chase winner 1f out, kept on towards finish, just held, 2nd of 6, nk behind Russian Bullet (9-0) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Russian Bullet 5-1 (9-0) Made all, ridden over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, held on towards finish, won at Brighton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf beating Scommettitrice (9-1) by nk, 6 ran.
Alpha Tauri (USA) 5-1 (10-1) Chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 13, 21l behind Hab Reeh (9-13) at Hamilton 6f am hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Fairy Mist (IRE) 14-1 (8-2) Behind, headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind The Mongoose (9-2) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Rio Royale (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Slowly away, always behind, 13th of 14, 16l behind Resonare (9-10) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-55 (6) gf.
Ridgeway Sapphire 14-1 (8-2) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 11th of 14, 17l behind Key Ambition (9-9) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Mousie 25-1 (8-12) Outpaced in last pair, ridden on outside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, kept on well in closing stages, not pace to reach leaders, 5th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Even Bolder (9-0) at Brighton 5f hcp (6) fm.