CELTIC SULTAN surrendered any chance at Ayr with a tardy start but the perennial seven-furlong specialist can recoup losses if he can gain an uncontested lead. Fathsta would have obvious claims on the pick of his form. David Simock's charge took on some tough assignments against the top Northern sprinters last season though he looks to have gone somewhat off the boil. New Leyf is tried in headgear after disappointing without it at Yarmouth while Cool Rhythm has to bounce back from a very moderate run on the Polytrack at Kempton. Indian Art accounted for a useful sort in My Kingdom at Wolverhampton but the handicapper has given him little respite and he has had to go down the claiming route.
Fathsta (IRE) 3-1 (9-8) Dwelt soon ridden along, always in rear, 5th of 6, 11l behind Tajneed (9-0) at Ripon 6f clm stks (5) sft in Jun.
Celtic Sultan (IRE) 7-2fav (9-7) Head to one side and blindfold off slightly late as gates opened, missed break, held up towards rear, shaken up over 3f out, no headway, last of 12, 17l behind Able Master (9-0) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Cool Rhythm 14-1 (9-8) Held up, always towards rear, last of 13, 18l behind Ibtahaj (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.
New Leyf (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) In rear, ridden over 2f out, soon well beaten, 12th of 13, 11l behind Hezmah (9-11) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jun.
Offbeat Safaris (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden when not much room well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 8l behind Just Lille (8-12) at Chester 1m 2f clm stks (5) gd in Jun.
Standing Strong (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Dwelt, held up in touch, soon tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 4th of 5, 6l behind First Class Favour (8-9) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Indian Art (IRE) 28-1 (9-12) Always towards rear, 9th of 14, 8l behind Blue Surf (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Northern Spy (USA) 11-2 (10-7) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 13, 4l behind Takitwo (10-7) at Salisbury 7f am hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun.