There won't be a dry eye at Doncaster if Nanton can deliver the goods in the finale and Jim Goldie's veteran showed he retains a modicum of ability when finishing fourth in a handicap over 1m4f earlier this month. Mr Snoozy takes a drop in grade having taken on some of the leading stayers in the North, but with the drying ground against him, we will oppose him with SNOWY DAWN. Andrew Hollinshead's grey literally sprang into form at this stage of the season last year, and though he raced a little too exuberantly for his own good at Ascot, he showed enough to suggest that he is coming to hand. Hurry Home Poppa attempts to follow up a recent success at Nottingham off a 2lb higher mark while Bradbury makes a first start for Eric Alston and the former Donald McCain inmate is worthy of a market check following a very long absence.
Mr Snoozy 16-1 (8-8) Tracked leader until after 3f, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 14, 13l behind Totalize (8-10) at York 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Tindaro (FR) 28-1 (9-10) Hampered start, held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, never on terms with leaders, stayed on same pace final furlong, 6th of 13, 6l behind Mutajare (8-12) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep '11.
Royal Alcor (IRE) 11-2 (9-9) Held up in last pair in touch, outpaced 3f out, never dangerous, weakened final furlong, 5th of 6, 23l behind Hurry Home Poppa (8-12) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Snowy Dawn 12-1 (8-7) Held up, took keen hold, headway and close up after 3f, led over 2f out, soon headed, edged right inside final furlong, weakened final 100 yards, 4th of 8, 6l behind Hassle (9-9) at Ascot 1m 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Deepsand (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders on inside, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, not quite going pace to challenge, 5th of 7, 1 1/4l behind Quest For More (9-10) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Merchant of Dubai 10-1 (8-13) Tracked leader 3f, tracked leaders, led over 2f out, ridden and headed entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Glorious Protector (10-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Bradbury (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, took keen hold, held up in touch, headway 4f out, went 2nd over 3f out, stayed on well to lead close home, won at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan '13 beating Murcar (9-1) by hd, 7 ran.
Nanton (USA) 28-1 (9-2) Steadied start, held up last, steady headway on inside 3f out, switched right to outside over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, almost snatched 3rd, never nearer, 4th of 7, 1l behind Quest For More (9-10) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Singzak 20-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 11th of 13, 18l behind Poetic Verse (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Keep Calm 8-1 (8-9) Chased leader, ridden over 1f out, kept on and no extra towards finish, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Hallstatt (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Hurry Home Poppa (IRE) 11-4fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, headway over 3f out, led well over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on, won at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Chapter Five (9-2) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.