A big turnout here in spite of the paltry prize money on offer and with plenty of pace on things could drop nicely for hold-up horse BOTHAM, although Young Gladiator, Just Sam and Where's Reiley are all likely to be involved. It does help to have a high draw in the sprints here that are run slightly on the turn, and all four of those cited have that in their favour. Young Gladiator is very likely to set the pace and if they let him dictate then he will have a few in trouble given his proven stamina over further, while Just Sam is competitively weighted over her optimim trip, but would prefer the ground to be good to firm. Where's Reiley went well enough at Hamilton last time, but conversely, this distance winner seems better on good to soft or the Fibresand and we will oppose. Avontuur looks held by the handicapper for now, while Cheyenne Red represents a stable going well and should strip fitter for a recent spin, though he also looks to have a few pounds too many. That cannot be said of Botham. Jim Goldie's gelding won over both this trip and 7f last year, two of them coming on good ground. He is 2lbs higher than the most recent of them, so he has a real chance here and we hope that things drop right when he is played late by Daniel Tudhope.
Grand Stitch (USA) 12-1 (9-12) Led, headed 2f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 10, 18l behind Dherghaam (9-0) at Catterick 7f mdn stks (5) fm.
Wyatt Earp (IRE) 18-1 (8-10) In touch, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 12th of 15, 11l behind Averoo (8-4) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Avontuur (FR) 18-1 (8-3) Tracked leader, led narrowly over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on and every chance, held near finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Turn Me On (8-11) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-80 (4) fm.
Captain Scooby 20-1 (9-1) Always behind stands side, 12th of 13, 8l behind Sir Geoffrey (9-1) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Cheyenne Red (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Prominent, chased winner well over 1f out, kept on same under pressure inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 4l behind Tadalavil (9-2) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Lucky Dan (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 15, 4l behind Noodles Blue Boy (9-3) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Where's Reiley (USA) 9-2fav (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on and every chance 1f out, not pace of winner final furlong, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Top Bid (8-6) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Just Sam (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Led, headed well inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Dabbers Ridge (8-11) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Young Gladiator (IRE) 10-3fav (9-1) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Flores Sea (9-2) at Southwell 7f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Apr.
Cornus 25-1 (8-6) Raced centre, held up, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 8th of 18, 8l behind Tubby Isaacs (8-9) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Dickie Le Davoir 20-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, in rear, effort over 1f out, never a factor, 12th of 13, 16l behind Tangerine Trees (9-3) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr.
Bid For Gold 13-2 (9-5) Held up, pushed along halfway, ran on inside final furlong, not pace to reach leaders, 6th of 13, 7l behind Tadalavil (9-2) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Botham (USA) 8-1 (9-2) Mid-division, driven to chase leaders over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on same pace, no impression final furlong, 4th of 13, 10l behind Fujin Dancer (9-2) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Daring Dream (GER) 13-2 (8-13) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, never able to challenge, 6th of 12, 6l behind Nufoudh (8-11) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Apr.
Guest Connections 10-3 (9-7) Awkward leaving stalls, ridden along in rear, headway under pressure over 1f out, went 4th inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Desperate Dan (9-7) at Redcar 5f sell stks (6) gf.
Hansomis (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, chased winner until inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Saving Grace (8-4) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.