Pat Shanahan has had some recent success at Wolverhampton with his raiders from Ireland so the presence of Helen's Armada, his only runner of the day, has to be respected though this is a very stiff test for a newcomer on the heavy ground. The Hooded Claw has generally raced at a much higher level and his close fifth in the Two Year Old Trophy at Redcar was a good performance though the ground was very fast that day. ANGEL FLORES was unfancied on her debut at Wolverhampton but made a very encouraging start and with more to offer she's given the nod. Captain Joe may prove best of the remainder.
Brownsville (USA) 10-1 (8-4) With leader, lost place halfway, soon beaten, 5th of 6, 10l behind Truth Or Dare (9-4) at Salisbury 1m 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Cahal (IRE) 66-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, lost place before halfway, 10th of 14, 18l behind Patentar (9-5) at York 7f 2yo mdn (3) gd.
Captain Joe 11-4 (9-0) Chased winner after 1f, ridden halfway, outpaced by winner over 1f out, clear 2nd when eased final furlong, 2nd of 5, 8l behind Sandra's Diamond (8-11) at Catterick 5f 2yo nov stk (5) sft.
The Hooded Claw (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon lost place, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 17, 9l behind Aeolus (9-5) at York 6f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Vale Mentor (IRE) Moss Vale colt out of Sinamay.
Angel Flores (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Expect (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol.
Helen's Armada (IRE) Oratorio filly out of The Real Thing.
Oriental Maid Sakhee's Secret filly out of Julia Domna.
Penny Pursuits 25-1 (8-4) Outpaced throughout, never any chance, last of 3, 13l behind Sandra's Diamond (8-4) at Ayr 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd.
Tricksome (IRE) 9-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 8l behind Tinsill (8-10) at Beverley 5f 2yo sll hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.