Northern Bolt loves soft ground and bounced back to form at Catterick last month. Connections won't be happy with an 8lb rise but he's run well from higher marks in the past. Bond Fastrac didn't run badly at Ayr last time so a 2lb drop in the weights is a bonus and he should go close but the vote goes to MOUNT HOLLOW, who won five times in his native France, mostly on soft ground, and looked ready to gain his first success for new connections when runner-up to today's rival Kings 'n Dreams at Doncaster last time. Downhill Skier won a moderate Thirsk handicap last week but a 6lb rise looks a bit harsh.
Piddie's Power 18-1 (9-6) Awkward leaving stalls, in rear, ridden over 2f out, not trouble leader, 6th of 9, 5l behind Lightning Cloud (9-3) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Kings 'n Dreams 5-1 (9-1) Mid-division, pushed along and headway 2f out, ridden and squeezed through to chase leader 1f out, led inside final furlong, edged left, ran on, won at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul beating Mount Hollow (8-8) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Northern Bolt 12-1 (9-10) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on well, won at Catterick 6f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Jul beating Tombellini (9-7) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Sir Nod 9-1 (9-7) Led early, ridden over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 7l behind Kings 'n Dreams (9-1) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Downhill Skier (IRE) 20-1 (9-8) Mid-division, headway on inside well over 1f out, soon every chance, stayed on strongly to lead well inside final furlong, won at Thirsk 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul beating Spinatrix (9-12) by nk, 12 ran.
Flying Applause 9-1 (9-12) Tracked winner until over 4f out, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 8l behind Dhhamaan (9-9) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Bond Fastrac 6-1 (9-12) Mid-division on outer, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase winner entering final furlong, kept on, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Royal Blade (8-2) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jul.
Divertimenti (IRE) 9-1 (9-9) Prominent, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 7th of 12, 15l behind Downhill Skier (9-8) at Thirsk 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Belinsky (IRE) 12-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, edged right and no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 8l behind Toby Tyler (8-9) at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Jul.
El Dececy (USA) 13-2 (9-12) Led, ridden and headed over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 16l behind Broctune Papa Gio (8-12) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Gracie's Games 5-1 (9-5) Raced wide of pack, always behind, 10th of 13, 8l behind Dancing Welcome (9-2) at Chepstow 7f fll hcp (5) gs in Jul.
Mount Hollow 11-2 (8-8) Held up in rear, not clear run over 3f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, went 2nd close home, not able to trouble winner, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Kings 'n Dreams (9-1) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Chambers (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Held up, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, switched right inside final furlong, unable to challenge, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Royal Blade (8-2) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Red River Boy 16-1 (8-12) Always behind, 10th of 12, 17l behind Downhill Skier (9-8) at Thirsk 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.