Clear Spring bounced back to form with a cosy win at Bath a fortnight ago but an 8lb rise tempers enthusiasm for a repeat. Meandmyshadow scored at Thirsk last time and had a handful of today's rivals behind when winning at Catterick in May. FREE SPIN and Mappin Time finished closest to the latter on that occasion and David Barron's charge is fancied to turn the tables on better terms today having failing to see out the mile trip at Chester recently. Albaqaa looks high enough in the handicap now but Defence Council finished a close-up fifth at York a fortnight ago and makes more appeal than Nottingham winner Point North.
Free Spin (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 7th of 15, 3l behind Al Muheer (8-13) at Chester 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Clear Spring (IRE) 9-2 (9-10) Chased leaders, ridden to lead 1f out, ran on well, driven out, won at Bath 6f hcp 0-80 (4) fm beating Mambo Spirit (8-11) by 2 3/4l, 13 ran.
Meandmyshadow 6-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, hard driven to challenge over 2f out, led when hung left over 1f out, all out, just held on, won at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Baldemar (9-1) by nk, 12 ran.
Mappin Time (IRE) 14-1 (8-7) Held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 11, 9l behind Smarty Socks (9-1) at York 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Albaqaa 25-1 (9-4) Prominent, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 4l behind My Kingdom (9-2) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Head Space (IRE) 10-3fav (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway on outer over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 4l behind Midnight Dynamo (8-13) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Barney McGrew (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Steadied start, pulled hard in rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, ridden and no impression towards finish, 10th of 18, 3l behind Noverre To Go (9-6) at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Defence Council (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed pressing leaders, led again well inside final furlong, headed and lost places near finish, 5th of 18, 1/2l behind Noverre To Go (9-6) at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Victoire De Lyphar (IRE) 7-1 (9-9) Chased leades, lost place halfway, 8th of 12, 6l behind Meandmyshadow (9-9) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Dark Castle 20-1 (9-3) Behind, switched left towards far side over 1f out, running on when saw no daylight throughout final furlong, finished on the bridle, not recover, 11th of 18, 3 1/2l behind Noverre To Go (9-6) at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Showboating (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and no impression over 1f out until stayed on towards finish, 4th of 12, 2l behind My Kingdom (9-2) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Point North (IRE) 11-4fav (9-2) Close up, smooth headway to lead over 1f out, soon in command, comfortable, won at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in May beating Celtic Sixpence (9-4) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Belinsky (IRE) 3-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden inside final 2f, kept on same pace in 3rd final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Lastkingofscotland (9-7) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Sleepy Blue Ocean 16-1 (9-8) Mid-division, ridden and weakened entering final furlong, 8th of 13, 8l behind Lost In Paris (9-12) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in May.