Tim Etherington's Fullandby won well on soft ground at Doncaster in November but disappointed on similarly testing ground at Ayr last month so looks best watched, while David Simcock's Fathsta invariably finds at least one too good. Richard Fahey's Valery Borzov has struggled this season but may do better on the underfoot going and makes more appeal than Tim Easterby's The Nifty Fox, who seems a shade high in the weights. Roger Charlton's Definightly would probably prefer faster ground and of more interest may be Eric Alston's Novellen Lad, who has been showing progressive form of late. The vote though goes the way of the Michael Jarvis-trained HARRY PATCH, who has only had the three starts so far but has shown a decent level of form, particularly on testing ground, and he looks worth supporting despite racing off an 8lb higher mark than when successful at Doncaster in November 2008.
Damika (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, no impression final furlong, 14th of 20, 7l behind Hawkeyethenoo (9-0) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Icelandic 20-1 (9-1) Behind, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 7th of 13, 7l behind Rileyskeepingfaith (9-1) at Newbury 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Novellen Lad (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, rider over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 20, 2 1/2l behind Hawkeyethenoo (9-0) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Fullandby (IRE) 10-1 (8-6) In rear, some headway final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 12, 6l behind Favourite Girl (8-4) at Ayr 5f hcap (2) sft in Jul.
Baby Strange 14-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, pushed along and outpaced halfway, driven along over 1f out, stayed on again inside final furlong, not pace to threaten leaders, 6th of 10, 6l behind Luscivious (9-4) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs.
Valery Borzov (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Close up, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 19th of 20, 10l behind Hawkeyethenoo (9-0) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Definightly 17-2 (9-8) Held up, headway on stand rail over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 8th of 18, 4 1/2l behind Baby Strange (9-4) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jun.
Spitfire 12-1 (9-1) Steadied in rear, outpaced, hung right when making headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 9, 3l behind Parisian Pyramid (8-13) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May.
Capone (IRE) 10-3fav (8-6) Held up, stayed on from over 1f out, 6th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Imprimis Tagula (8-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Dec.
The Nifty Fox 33-1 (9-0) Chased leaders stands side group, ridden over 1f out, kept on, no impression, 3rd of 16, 6l behind Lowdown (9-0) at Hamilton 6f hcp 105 (2) gs in Jul.
Poet's Place (USA) 10-1 (7-11) In touch stands side, ridden over 1f out, never on terms, 12th of 21, 6l behind Castles In The Air (8-10) at Ascot 7f hcap (2) gd in Jul.
Excusez Moi (USA) 12-1 (9-5) Rearing in stalls and missed break, behind, weaved through and ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 11, 1 3/4l behind Gap Princess (9-1) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Ishiadancer 33-1 (8-11) Took keen hold, tracked leaders on inside, disputing 2nd briefly 2f out, outpaced by front pair over 1f out, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Lord Shanakill (9-2) at Chester 7f Listed stks (1) gf in Jul.
Harry Patch 13-8fav (9-3) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, one pace, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Swiss Diva (9-2) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) pol in May '09.
Spanish Bounty 11-4 (9-12) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 8, 6l behind Lujeanie (9-3) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Cornus 16-1 (9-3) Raced keenly towards rear, under pressure over 2f out, soon beaten, 7th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Nosedive (9-7) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Fathsta (IRE) 9-2 (9-12) Held up in rear, ridden 2f out, effort when hung right over 1f out, driven inside final furlong, stayed on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 8, 1l behind Piazza San Pietro (9-3) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.