Al Khan is finding winning off today's mark just beyond him and the handicapper is refusing to relent. My Son Max is proving better on the Polytrack and Barkston Ash is another with a bit more to find off today's mark. NASHARRA is upped another 6lb for landing the second leg of a double at Hamilton but he scored by two lengths last time and may well have another win in him before the assessor catches up. Mutafaakir went close again at Newcastle last week having scored at Catterick before that but Tango Sky has done all his winning over the minimum trip so far.
Al Khan (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Held up in mid-division, headway to chase leaders and hung left from halfway, driven and every chance inside final furlong, not quicken towards finish, 6th of 18, 1 1/4l behind Noverre To Go (9-6) at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
My Son Max 14-1 (9-10) Never better than mid-division, 9th of 12, 4l behind My Kingdom (9-2) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Barkston Ash 4-1fav (9-9) Tracked leaders on stands side rail, ridden over 2f out, not much room over 1f out, every chance entering final furlong, stayed on same pace, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Sunraider (9-10) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Another Try (IRE) 33-1 (8-2) Mid-division, pushed along on outside approaching halfway, weakened under pressure soon after, 12th of 16, 8l behind Arctic Feeling (8-2) at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
Nasharra (IRE) 5-2 (9-4) Slowly into stride, held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, edged right, kept on well, won at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in May beating Greenhead High (9-2) by 2l, 6 ran.
Tango Sky (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, towards rear, headway over 1f out, not clear run and switched left inside final furlong, no further progress, 7th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Lucky Numbers (9-7) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Lucky Dan (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Chased leaders on outside, pushed along halfway, weakened soon after, 13th of 15, 20l behind Lucky Numbers (9-7) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Mutafaakir (IRE) 5-2fav (9-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, led inside final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 13, shd behind Mitchum (9-2) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jun.
Masked Dance (IRE) 6-1 (8-7) In touch, ridden halfway no impression, 4th of 6, 7l behind Elusive Hawk (9-6) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Apr.
Hardy Blue (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Chased leaders center, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Jubilee Dancer (9-2) at Doncaster 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.