GYM SHOES ran his best race so far on his penultimate start at Ascot when a close fourth in a nursery. His latest run at Ayr should be excused as he was impeded and never in the hunt subsequently so this looks his chance. Henke didn't run badly at Carlisle on his handicap debut and looks reasonably treated but Soul Instinct appeared to be suited by soft ground at Carlisle and would need some rain. Milly's Secret had no chance in a two-horse race against Supplicant and finished last of eight in a better race than this on the same track. Neither Dry Your Eyes nor Red Forever are out of it in a tight little handicap.
Milly's Secret (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Slight stumble start, chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 8l behind Khalice (9-3) at Ripon 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Soul Instinct 16-1 (8-6) Soon off the pace pushed along and struggling halfway, soon behind, last of 9, 12l behind Khalice (9-3) at Ripon 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Gym Shoes 16-1 (8-6) Slowly into stride, always behind, 11th of 15, 16l behind Black Treacle (9-1) at Ayr 6f 2yo hcp (2) sft.
Dry Your Eyes (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Chased leaders, weakened final furlong, 6th of 12, 11l behind Comino (9-5) at Thirsk 7f 2yo mdn (4) gs.
Henke (IRE) 7-2 (8-11) Slowly into stride, towards rear, headway on inside 2f out, ridden into 4th over 1f out, 4th of 10, 7l behind Damaah (8-4) at Carlisle 6f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Red Forever 12-1 (8-11) Close up, every chance over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 4th of 11, 2 1/4l behind White Flag (8-1) at Redcar 5f 2yo mdn aut (6) sft.