Polar Forest seemed to spurn a good opportunity to land a first career success last time and no doubt this is the day he'll come good now patience has worn thin. However, BALTIC PRINCE is becoming a really reliable handicapper for Paul Green, typified by a battling success over Chester specialist Queen Aggie at that venue this month, his fourth success of a busy 2013. He finds himself on a career-high mark of 67 but a 2lb rise for that recent win is perfectly OK. Gabrial The Thug came back to form last time when a close second to Nurpur but may still inhabit too high a mark, likewise Kolonel Kirkup. Fraserburgh, generally disappointing, is down to a tempting rating if finding something approaching his best.
Gabrial The Thug (FR) 7-2 (8-12) Tracked leader, challenged 4f out, ridden to lead 1f out, kept on, headed near finish, 2nd of 7, nk behind Nurpur (9-7) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Kolonel Kirkup 11-4 (9-0) Held up, ridden and some headway over 1f out, never a factor, 4th of 8, 9l behind The Scuttler (9-0) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Baltic Prince (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Made all, pushed along over 2f out, pressed inside final furlong, kept on gamely towards finish, won at Chester 1m 3yo app hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Queen Aggie (9-12) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Fraserburgh (IRE) 7-2 (9-1) Led, joined 4f out, ridden and headed 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 4l behind Nurpur (9-7) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Bitusa (USA) 28-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, soon hung left, ran on under pressure, never reached winner, 2nd of 14, hd behind Krupskaya (9-4) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft in May.
Polar Forest 5-2fav (9-3) With leader, led over 6f out, headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 10l behind Red Charmer (9-7) at Hamilton 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Multifact 4-1 (8-13) Held up, ridden and edged left over 2f out, no impression, 8th of 10, 19l behind The Codger (9-4) at Redcar 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.
Ella Motiva (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 39l behind Artful Prince (9-0) at Yarmouth 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-55 (6) gf.