NUFOUDH looks set to go very close at the least here and is taken to get the better of Summer Dancer and Frognal. Tracey Waggott's charge looked set to win off this mark before finding a galvanised rival too strong close home, but a return to Catterick can see him make amends. He'll need to settle better, but our hope that he can; his last three efforts have come behind in-form rivals in more competitive races than this and compensation awaits. Summer Dancer needs a strong pace to be seen to his best and didn't get it last time, as he tried to follow up a Beverley win. The handicapper has quickly dropped him down a pound in the ratings and if they do go quickly he could swoop late on, although he may prefer a stiffer test. Frognal steps up in distance and that looks a wise move; he's placed over seven furlongs on two of his three tries and has shaped lately as though in need of it. Furthermore he took third here a couple of starts back, flying at the death, and is now rated a pound lower. Malcheek might be best caught fresh and hasn't been shaping like a winner of late, Rio Cobolo remains higher in the weights than when last winning in 2009 whilst Glenridding is 2lbs higher than when headed late on when last racing here and that may stop him winning. Nufoudh looks the horse most likely to give his running and gets the vote to come out on top in a tight race.
Summer Dancer (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear and keen, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, one pace, 5th of 9, 4l behind Amethyst Dawn (8-8) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Malcheek (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden 2f out, hung left over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 5, 3 1/2l behind Tagseed (9-7) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Frognal (IRE) 5-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear standside group, headway and switched left over 1f out, kept on and no impression, 5th of 11, 4l behind Lucy Brown (9-4) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Rio Cobolo (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to challenge, 6th of 13, 1 1/4l behind Opus Maximus (9-9) at Chester 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Glenridding 7-1 (9-10) Led, ridden oveer 2f out, headed and no extra well inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 4l behind Feeling Fresh (9-1) at Chester 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Nufoudh (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Soon led, ridden well over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, held when not much room close home, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Smalljohn (9-0) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Mandalay King (IRE) 12-1 (8-8) Raced stand side, always behind, 10th of 14, 6l behind Cornus (8-7) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Magic Omen (USA) 6-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden and lost place over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 17l behind Jeannie Galloway (9-7) at Musselburgh 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf.