On The High Tops just got the better of Flash City at Thirsk last Saturday with another three of today's rivals well beaten. Bryan Smart's charge may reverse the form on slightly better terms but a chance is taken on CAPTAIN KOLO. He showed plenty of speed last season, winning over 5f at Catterick, and his half-brother Caroubier rattled up six wins as a three-year-old. Beverley winner Riverdale makes his reappearance and could figure along with Mr Optimistic, who has been in fine form on the all-weather and is still improving, while Dream Catcher makes most appeal of Dandy Nicholls' trio.
Flash City (ITY) 16-1 (8-6) Led, hung left and strongly challenged from over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 16, 3/4l behind On The High Tops (8-2) at Thirsk 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
On The High Tops (IRE) 18-1 (8-2) Chased leader, ridden to challenge over 1f out, soon every chance, led well inside final furlong, driven out, won at Thirsk 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd beating Flash City (8-6) by 3/4l, 16 ran.
Sacrosanctus 12-1 (8-11) Held up in rear, hampered halfway, soon driven and beaten, 10th of 16, 8l behind On The High Tops (8-2) at Thirsk 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Style And Panache (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Edged right soon after start, tracked leaders, ridden halfway, weakened 1f out, 5th of 6, 7l behind Flash City (9-3) at Southwell 5f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Dec.
Captain Kolo (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway halfway, chased leaders over 1f out, kept on well, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind El Viento (9-2) at Catterick 5f 2yo nov stk (4) gd in Oct.
Riverdale (IRE) 11-4fav (9-6) In touch, ridden and hung left over 2f out, soon every chance, edged right then left inside final furlong, lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Rosina Grey (9-0) at Haydock 6f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Sep.
Watts Up Son 33-1 (8-0) Chased leaders, under pressure halfway, soon weakened, 14th of 16, 21l behind On The High Tops (8-2) at Thirsk 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Mr Optimistic 11-4 (9-2) Chased leading pair on outside, ridden inside final 2f, stayed on under pressure to chase winner well inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Mandy's Hero (9-1) at Kempton 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Cruise Tothelimit (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 8th of 9, 13l behind Rosina Grey (9-0) at Haydock 6f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Sep.
Restless Bay (IRE) 40-1 (9-2) Slowly away, soon recovered to track leading pair, ridden over 2f out, kept on, one pace, last of 4, 9l behind Retainer (9-7) at Leicester 6f con stks (3) gd in Mar.
Liberty Green (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Chased winner, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 6, 11l behind Even Stevens (9-2) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Mar.
Boundless Spirit 16-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, weakened halfway, 15th of 16, 29l behind On The High Tops (8-2) at Thirsk 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Dream Catcher (FR) 4-1fav (9-0) Dwelt, pushed along to lead after 1f, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Go Maggie Go (8-4) at Wolverhampton 5f 3yo clm stks (5) pol in Mar.
Defence Council (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, soon chasing leaders, under pressure over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind El Viento (9-2) at Catterick 5f 2yo nov stk (4) gd in Oct.
Overwhelm 5-6fav (8-11) Jinked right, saddle slipped and unseated rider leaving stalls, in a race won by Chevise (9-2) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol, 3 ran.