Those who watched THE TIGER turn last week's Pontefract handicap into a procession won't want to miss him here with a 6lb penalty as the assessor is likely to have his revenge. Ed Dunlop's charge was having just his fifth start and with further progress likely he should complete a quick double. Lexington Boy also arrives in winning form having taken advantage of heavy ground to score at York. He's won off a similar mark to this in the past and a strong gallop will play to his strengths. Azrag, twice a winner in Bahrain, has scored twice on Polytrack at Wolverhampton and found the 2m1f trip too far there last time but whether he'll adapt to this surface is another matter. Lifetime was in excellent form in the spring winning at Newcastle and Goodwood and he looks quite capable of a big run from a reasonable mark.
Persian Peril 40-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, ridden to chase leaders over 2f out, stayed on same pace, weakened final furlong, 11th of 14, 19l behind Bollin Greta (8-11) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Jul.
Into Wain (USA) 28-1 (9-10) In touch, ridden 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 12, 21l behind The Betchworth Kid (9-7) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp (3) hvy.
The Tiger 7-2fav (9-1) Dwelt, held up in rear, smooth headway 3f out, challenged going well over 2f out, soon led, pushed clear final furlong, easily, won at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy beating Maybeagrey (8-5) by 4 1/2l, 14 ran.
Lexington Bay (IRE) 5-1 (10-9) Held up in touch on outside, headway under pressure over 3f out, soon chased leading pair and ridden, stayed on inside final furlong to lead towards finish, all out, won at York 1m 4f am hcp 0-85 (4) hvy beating All Annalena (10-12) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Tartan Gigha (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, driven over 3f out, soon lost place, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 14, 40l behind The Tiger (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy.
Tres Coronas (IRE) 7-2fav (9-0) Held up in mid-division, headway over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 9l behind Bridle Belle (9-5) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Lifetime (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, effort 3f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 17, 28l behind Cloudy Spirit (9-4) at York 2m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Swinging Hawk (GER) 5-1 (9-2) Held up, ridden and headway over 3f out, stayed on final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 9, 5l behind Countrywide Flame (9-9) at Chester 2m hcap (3) gs in Sep.
Focail Maith 8-1 (9-8) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 4th of 11, 9l behind Danube River (8-12) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Azrag (USA) 13-8fav (10-7) Held up in touch, ridden and weakened 1f out, 7th of 13, 12l behind Porcini (9-2) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Euston Square 18-1 (9-10) Behind, struggling over 3f out, stayed on into mid-division over 1f out, never near leaders, 5th of 14, 16l behind High Resolution (9-0) at Ayr 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy.
Only Orsenfoolsies 16-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 2f out to over 1f out, no impression with leading trio final furlong, 4th of 16, 9l behind Educate (9-7) at York 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) hvy.