BOLLIN GRETA is put forwards in the hope that the market vibes are encouraging but Abayaan and Carlton Scroop are of obvious interest if not. The selection won three times last season and returns to action on a mark that's 7lbs higher than when successful over course and distance but she's from a good family that improves with age and it would be no surprise were she to go on to further success this season. The lack of a run is a concern but she wasn't beaten too far behind Destinys Dream on last year's return which is encouraging. Abayaan has more scope for improvement than most after just two starts and it will be interesting to see how he copes with the firm ground having raced on fibresand and soft thus far; the longer trip isn't expected to be a problem. Carlton Scroop is the subject of a taking jockey booking but has never won on grass unlike Valdan who was staying on pleasingly at Thirsk last time. Few of the eight runners can be ruled out but Bollin Greta gets our vote.
Abayaan 7-2 (9-2) Behind, switched left 3f out, headway over 2f out, ridden and stayed on final furlong, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Rosbay (8-10) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Mar.
Carnac (IRE) 100-1 (8-11) Mid-division, pushed along 5f out, weakened over 3f out, 9th of 10, 36l behind Opinion Poll (8-11) at Nottingham 1m 6f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) sft.
Interdiamonds 9-2 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 15, 12l behind Sir Royal (9-3) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Bollin Greta 2-1fav (9-3) Raced mid-division, always travelling well, smooth headway entering final 3f, led entering final 2f, ridden 3f, eased inside final furlong, won at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul beating Astronomical (8-12) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Hallstatt (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, outpaced over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 7th of 15, 9l behind Sir Royal (9-3) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Valdan (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) In rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, stayed on to go 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 15, 4l behind Sir Royal (9-3) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Destinys Dream (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Mid-division, not clear run entering final 2f, switched right, no impresssion final furlong, 9th of 15, 11l behind Sir Royal (9-3) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Carlton Scroop (FR) 9-2 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden and headway 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 2l behind Colonel Sherman (8-2) at Kempton 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.