Finity Run produced his best effort to date on heavy ground at Doncaster and he didn't appear to stay 1m6f last time. Three-year-olds have won the last two of these so he must be on the short-list. Stanley Rigby has won five times in his career, all at Southwell early last year. He suffered in the handicap as a result but looked on the way back at Beverley a couple of weeks ago. Grand Art is a chaser nowadays and wants further, the latter remark also applying to the veteran Terenzium who was behind today's rival LIVVY INN over a slightly longer trip here in June and it's Lucinda Russell's charge, who has been running poorly over hurdles, who can score again in conditions that suit perfectly.
Finity Run (GER) 7-2 (9-2) Tracked leader until ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 7, 17l behind Mafeteng (9-5) at Yarmouth 1m 6f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Jim Tango (FR) 28-1 (9-5) Always behind, 8th of 12, 12l behind Dr Finley (9-4) at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Livvy Inn (USA) 4-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 20l behind Acknowledgement (8-4) at Ayr 2m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Jul.
Stanley Rigby 12-1 (9-4) Towards rear, good headway on outside over 1f out, disputing 2nd but no chance with winner when hung right inside final furlong, lost 2nd final 100 yards, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Aliante (9-3) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Grand Art (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway under pressure over 2f out, never troubled leaders, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Dr Finley (9-4) at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Terenzium (IRE) 12-1 (8-6) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, never dangerous, 6th of 12, 7l behind Dr Finley (9-4) at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Laybach (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, pushed along halfway, struggling final 3f, last of 10, 26l behind Arley Hall (9-0) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
A Southside Boy (GER) 40-1 (8-4) Towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, never dangerous, 7th of 9, 9l behind Double Cee (9-6) at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.