Phillip Kirby is proving a trainer to follow and his versatile seven-year-old Embsay Crag won by 10 lengths over a longer trip at Pontefract 10 days ago. He should go close again if in the same mood, despite the penalty, but a few of these have similar claims. Silver Samba is on a hat-trick after victories at Chepstow and Haydock and Oisin Murphy again takes off 7lb while the three-year-old Linguine proved he stayed this trip at Catterick. AMPLEFORTH is back in the usual blinkers here having worn a visor when winning easily at Yarmouth but, hopefully, that shouldn't impede his progress and he can defy a 5lb higher mark though Mojolika and Ethics Girl aren't out of this either on their best form.
Silver Samba 11-4 (8-7) Mid-division, headway over 4f out on inner, led over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, clear over 1f out, ran on strongly, won at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd beating Merchant Of Dubai (9-3) by 6l, 8 ran.
Ethics Girl (IRE) 10-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders on outside, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 9, 15l behind Lemon Pearl (9-0) at Chester 1m 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Linguine (FR) 11-4 (9-0) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, riddeen and headed entering final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Platinum (9-9) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Mojolika 9-2 (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders over 7f out, led over 3f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 8l behind Almagest (10-4) at Beverley 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Ampleforth 7-4fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, hard driven to challenge over 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on strongly, won at Yarmouth 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Green To Gold (9-7) by 4l, 5 ran.
Embsay Crag 8-1 (9-4) Always travelling well, held up, headway over 3f out, led over 1f out, pushed clear, eased towards finish, won at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Harvey's Hope (9-6) by 10l, 14 ran.