CHEYENNE RED looks the most consistent in this tight handicap and with him possibly displaying the best form he is our marginal preference in front of Apache Ridge and Bateleur. With wining course and distance form and with two wins in the last six outings the selection has a level of consistency the others don't. He found just the one too good the last time we saw him and with a good record here he looks worth the risk on his seasonal bow. Apache Ridge was well held in third on his last run off this mark but was a winner on his only start at this venue. A return here might be the key and he is a leading player. Bateleur has won from 4lbs higher in the handicap but has failed to take advantage of some good opportunities recently but place claims look on the cards. Guest Connections has improved in a couple of runs this season and might kick on again while Finsbury is from a yard in form and shouldn't be ignored. A tough end to the day but Cheyenne Red has the consistency to win it.
Northern Bolt 8-1 (9-4) Unseated rider in stalls, in a race won by Sir Nod (9-2) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr, 12 ran.
Stonehaugh (IRE) 5-2 (9-4) Towards rear, effort 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 14l behind Rasaman (9-4) at Catterick 6f clm stks (5) gd in Aug.
Geojimali 25-1 (8-13) Towards rear far side group, stayed on well inside final furlong, 9th of 16, 6l behind Misplaced Fortune (9-2) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Oct.
Cheyenne Red (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Chased leaders under stands side rail, ridden 2f out, stayed on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 16, 3l behind Cawdor (9-1) at Nottingham 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Apache Ridge (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden to lead 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 15, 4l behind Watch Amigo (9-3) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr.
Bid For Gold 20-1 (8-11) Towards rear, some headway on inner over 1f out, never a factor, 7th of 12, 10l behind Cornus (7-13) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr.
Tadalavil 16-1 (8-1) Behind, ridden over 1f out, driven and stayed on well final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Bravely (8-12) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jul.
Military Call 5-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 6th of 8, 10l behind Layla's Hero (8-12) at Haydock 6f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Hold On Tiger (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) With winner until halfway, ridden and weakened final furlong, 5th of 9, 14l behind Esuvia (9-4) at Musselburgh 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Apr.
The Bear 8-1 (8-6) Went right and dwelt start, soon in touch, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 28l behind Top Bid (8-6) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Finsbury 8-1 (8-13) Dwelt, behind, headway over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, soon one pace, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Nufoudh (8-11) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Apr.
Bateleur 20-1 (9-3) Mid-division, under pressure halfway, soon no impression, 6th of 13, 5l behind Kakapuka (8-11) at Bath 6f hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Apr.
Guest Connections 13-2 (8-8) Pushed along and outpaced towards rear, headway well over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 8l behind Tangerine Trees (9-3) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr.
Hosanna 16-1 (8-7) Raced stands side, took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden halfway, weakened 2f out, 14th of 15, 14l behind King Of Eden (8-10) at Newcastle 5f hcp (6) gf in Apr.