This is much tougher than the race Bayan Kasirga won at Musselburgh during the week and another three-year-old, DOLPHIN VILLAGE, is preferred. He, too, will need further improvement having won a qualifying event for this over track and trip last month but has more scope than the opposition. Richard Fahey's charge gets the nod ahead of Yasir, who only beat Gran Maestro a short-head in a claimer earlier in the year while it was only an amateurs' race that Ailsa Craig picked up at Haydock last time but he's been raised 9lb regardless. O Ma Lad recorded an early-season double but has shown little in a couple of subsequent starts since returning from a lay-off.
O Ma Lad (IRE) 17-2 (10-0) Held up towards rear, some headway on outside over 2f out, one pace when edged right and no progress over 1f out, 6th of 9, 10l behind Sirvino (9-7) at Carlisle 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) sft.
Villa Royale 10-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, never involved, tailed off, 7th of 9, 30l behind Nashville (9-5) at Chester 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Gran Maestro (USA) 20-1 (9-1) In touch, ridden 3f out, not trouble leaders, 8th of 15, 12l behind Montefeltro (9-3) at York 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Ailsa Craig (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) Chased leaders in 3rd, led over 1f out, kept on strongly, won at Haydock 1m 4f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gf beating Clarion Call (11-2) by 6l, 11 ran.
Yasir (USA) 10-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, headway 5f out, ridden and went modest 3rd over 2f out until 2f out, weakened soon after, 5th of 12, 15l behind Royal Peculiar (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Bright Applause 25-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 13, 16l behind Rhombus (9-2) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Dolphin Village (IRE) 5-1 (8-8) In rear, ridden and headway on outer over 1f out, soon led, held on well, won at Catterick 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug beating Ambleside (9-4) by hd, 5 ran.
Tinseltown 25-1 (8-6) Raced wide in touch, headway to lead over 6f out, ridden and headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 15, 27l behind Montefeltro (9-3) at York 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Bayan Kasirga (IRE) 11-2 (9-1) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon led, kept on well, won at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd beating Geanie Mac (8-12) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.