INCA BLUE improved for the application of blinkers and a drop to this trip when runner-up to Deliberation at Hamilton on Friday and with Tim Easterby still firing the winners looks have have a good opportunity here. A line through Deliberation gives Tahitian Princess a fine chance though she ran poorly on softer ground at Redcar last week and today's going looks against her. Salik Tag has more scope than most of these but faces a stiff task on his handicap debut while Cathcart Castle has now gone 22 starts without winning and disappointed when fancied at Yarmouth last time.
Salik Tag (USA) 11-2 (9-3) Dwelt, in rear, ridden over 2f out, soon headway, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Hills Of Dakota (9-3) at Ripon 5f mdn stks (5) gs.
Meandmyshadow 9-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 16l behind Sunnyside Tom (9-2) at Beverley 7f clm stks (5) gs.
Needwood Park 6-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden when every chance over 1f out, faded final furlong, 3rd of 10, 8l behind Icy Blue (9-0) at Redcar 7f mdn auc stks (5) gs.
Uncle Bryn 25-1 (9-0) Prominent, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, 22l behind Formal Demand (9-3) at Southwell 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Jun.
Tahitian Princess (IRE) 9-2fav (9-2) Mid-division, ridden to chase, leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 15, 9l behind Secret City (9-2) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-55 (6) sft.
Guinea Seeker 3-1 (9-3) Towards rear, effort over 2f out, never dangerous, 4th of 6, 8l behind Hills Of Dakota (9-3) at Ripon 5f mdn stks (5) gs.
Valentine's Gift 25-1 (9-5) Raced wide close up, tracked leader halfway, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 10, 3l behind Deep Applause (9-3) at Carlisle 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Cathcart Castle 5-2fav (8-8) In rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, never on terms, 4th of 6, 7l behind Oh So Spicy (9-8) at Yarmouth 6f mdn hcap 0-65 (6) gs.
Circuitous 10-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 15, 17l behind Secret City (9-2) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-55 (6) sft.
Inca Blue 4-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden over 2f out, headway under pressure approaching final furlong, soon chased winner, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Deliberation (9-6) at Hamilton 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Tootie Flutie 66-1 (9-0) Mid-division, outpaced over 3f out, kept on to go moderate 4th towards finish, no chance with leaders, 4th of 9, 13l behind Al Mayasah (9-0) at Thirsk 7f 3yo fll stks (5) gd in Jul.
Tinzo (IRE) 20-1 (8-4) In touch in rear, ridden halfway, soon outpaced, last of 6, 29l behind Deliberation (9-1) at Hamilton 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd.