Three-year-olds don't have a particularly good record in this but that shouldn't be a problem for CROWN COUNSEL, who was the only one of that age to contest a strong handicap at Haydock last week which he won with the minimum of fuss. Mark Johnston's colt carries a 6lb penalty here but he should complete a quick double. Jim Boyle has done well to get a hat-trick out of Song To The Moon but the four-year-old was receiving 16lb from Avon River when landing a claimer here last time and this is much tougher. Salient has been raised just 2lb for scoring at Bath and has won from much higher marks in the past while the consistent She's A Character can't be ruled out though she's 9lb higher than when gaining her last success at Doncaster in April.
She's A Character 10-3 (9-7) Switched left after start, soon tracking leaders on inside, chased winner over 3f out until over 2f out, hung left and rallied to 2nd again inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Amethyst Dawn (9-9) at Thirsk 1m flls hcp 0-130 (3) gd in Jun.
Crown Counsel (IRE) 10-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, led approaching 2f out, ridden and ran on, won at Haydock 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun beating First Post (8-13) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Inef (IRE) 17-2 (9-13) Chased leader over 1f, styed in 3rd, went 2nd again over 3f out, led over 1f out, driven clear final furlong, won at Folkestone 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun beating Sally Friday (8-11) by 2l, 7 ran.
Song To The Moon (IRE) 9-2 (8-10) Held up in rear, headway entering final 2f, ridden to lead 1f out, soon hung left, ran on, won at Epsom Downs 1m clm stks (5) gf in Jun beating Avon River (9-12) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Kentish (USA) 20-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, 13l behind Pat's Legacy (9-9) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jun.
Young Dottie 20-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Follow The Flag (9-6) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Salient 5-1 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, chased leader, rallied to lead again inside final furlong, driven out, won at Bath 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun beating Daneside (8-2) by 1/2l, 7 ran.