A moderate contest but AL FURAT showed much-improved form when stepping up to around this trip at Redcar and his young rider's claim reduces the effect of a 9lb rise in the weights. Fast conditions will be a help but the other recent winner in the field, Brook Star, appreciated soft ground when losing her maiden tag at Redcar and could do with some rain. Rapturous Applause improved when stepped up markedly in trip at Carlisle and goes even further this time while Shirls Son Sam was having only his fifth start when producing a good effort over this trip last time and can improve again.
Al Furat (USA) 3-1fav (8-3) Mid-division, not clear run over 3f out, switched outside and headway over 2f out, soon challenged and hung left, ridden to lead over 1f out, continued to hang left when clear inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd beating Body Language (9-3) by 4 1/2l, 12 ran.
C P Joe (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Towards rear, headway 5f out, hung left 4f out, plugged on one pace, 4th of 9, 31l behind Final Liberation (9-4) at Nottingham 2m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Bollin Mandy 14-1 (8-12) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened over 2f out, tailed off over 1f out, soon eased, 15th of 16, well behind Puy D'Arnac (9-9) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Royal Bonsai 2-1 (9-1) Led, ridden and headed 3f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 7l behind Sharp Relief (9-7) at Carlisle 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.
Rapturous Applause 12-1 (8-9) Held up in touch in rear, ridden over 3f out, headway and hung right over 1f out, driven to go 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Sharp Relief (9-7) at Carlisle 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.
Downtown Boy (IRE) 8-1 (8-2) Tracke leaders, pushed along 5f out, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 14, 42l behind Fossgate (9-9) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Brook Star (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Made all, ridden and hard pressed final 2f, held on gamely, won at Redcar 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug beating Tigerino (8-4) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Shirls Son Sam 20-1 (8-6) Towards rear, not clear run over 3f out, switched outside over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on to chase clear and easy winner inside final furlong, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Miss Ferney (8-11) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Imperial Waltzer 20-1 (8-11) In touch, lost place over 3f out, soon beaten, 6th of 11, 15l behind Mary Boyle (8-1) at Catterick 7f 2yo sll (6) gd in Aug '10.
Ad Value (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out, never dangerous, 6th of 13, 7l behind Appyjack (8-11) at Kempton 1m 2f stks 0-55 (6) pol.
Sister Sioux (IRE) 80-1 (7-13) In touch, headway over 2f out, stayed on to 4th close home, 4th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Smart Violetta (9-2) at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Indycisive 9-1 (8-4) Held up in 5th, driven over 4f out, soon lost place, beaten and eased over 1f out, tailed off, last of 7, 34l behind Brook Star (8-11) at Redcar 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug.
Pope Potter 66-1 (8-13) Broke well, soon tracking leader, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 5th of 6, 23l behind Set Me Free (9-2) at Redcar 1m mdn auc stks (6) gf in Jun.