Nanton may have won over track and trip before but he needs further nowadays with last month's win here coming over 1m7f. THE FIRM makes more appeal having gone close over today's trip at Redcar with Prophesy back in fourth and Enzaal well beaten. Ashkalara also found only one too good on her latest start at Sandown and makes more appeal than the frustrating pair Missy Wells and Dhualar Dhar, who usually finds a way of getting beaten.
Lexington Bay (IRE) 3-1 (9-4) Chased leaders in 4th until halfway, raced in 5th, ridden 2f out, effort on inside and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Lilac Tree (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jan.
Nanton (USA) 7-2fav (8-13) Held up in rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul beating Deepsand (9-3) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Enzaal (USA) 16-1 (10-0) Led until 6f out, chased leader until over 4f out, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 20l behind Quest Of Colour (8-0) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
On The Hoof 33-1 (9-8) Held up towards rear, never involved, 8th of 9, 16l behind Silver Rime (10-7) at Carlisle 1m (4) gd.
Le Deluge (FR) 25-1 (9-4) In touch on outside, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 25l behind Dance King (9-7) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
The Firm (IRE) 4-1fav (9-6) Slowly into stride, held up in last trio, headway under pressure on outside over 2f out, soon hung left, chased leaders over 1f out, led final 100 yards, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Quest Of Colour (8-0) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Prophesy (IRE) 9-2 (9-8) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 3l behind Quest Of Colour (8-0) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Frontline Phantom (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon pressing winner, no impression inside final furlong, lost 2 places towards finish, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Always Resolute (8-8) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Missy Wells 20-1 (9-1) Mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 14, well behind Woodacre (8-12) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
Dhaular Dhar (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Midfield, headway over 2f out, soon one pace, 5th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Camerooney (9-7) at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Ashkalara 10-1 (7-13) Took keen hold tracking leaders, challenged 2f out, soon tracking leader and hung right, wandered over 1f out, strong challenge close home, just held, 2nd of 6, hd behind Play Street (8-10) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Severiano (USA) 25-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 15, 4l behind Diletta Tommasa (9-7) at Redcar 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jul.