We end the card with an ultra-competitive handicap where NISAAL is only marginally preferred to Forbidden and Tanforan. With a lot of the leading protagonists fighting with rising marks the selection has the comfort of carrying the same weight he had on his back when only finding a subsequent winner too good over course and distance last time out. This gelding is still a maiden but has run well a few times in defeat and may be the best treated here. Forbidden is one of those runners that is dealing with extra weight having twice been a runner up in his last two efforts. That rise takes him to a rating seven pounds above his last win and he also won't want the ground any softer. Tanforan has also seen his mark increase despite being well held last time out. He did win a similar race to this on his penultimate start but he's a full 10lbs above that mark here. More was expected of Inside Story last time and that one needs to be considered with an 100% strike rate at this track in three starts but with him also battling a high looking weight Nisaal has the vote.
Nisaal (IRE) 2-1 (8-5) Tracked leader, ridden along 2f out, switched right over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 2nd of 4, 1 1/4l behind Bold Cross (8-11) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
French Art 25-1 (9-2) Always rear division, 8th of 9, 13l behind Bold Cross (9-3) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Ergo (FR) 10-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, effort over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 3l behind Dechiper (8-11) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Inside Story (IRE) 5-2fav (9-9) Held up, not much room over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, never trouble leaders, 4th of 8, 5l behind Betteras Bertie (9-4) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Spirit of France (IRE) 11-4 (9-7) Held up, reminders over 4f, driven and one pace final 2f, 5th of 7, 9l behind Trouble Mountain (8-7) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Forbidden (IRE) 11-2 (9-12) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, headway to challenge winner entering final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 13, nk behind San Silvestro (9-1) at Musselburgh 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Tanforan 13-2 (9-2) Held up and keen, headway over 4f out, one pace over 1f out, 5th of 15, 5l behind West End Lad (9-9) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Wisdom's Kiss 15-2 (8-11) In touch, pulled hard, ridden well over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Harald Bluetooth (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcap (4) pol in Jan.
Tom Tower (IRE) 5-2fav (9-3) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Kargan (9-5) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Aussie Blue (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, effort over 1f out, driven to chase winner inside final furlong, soon edged left, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 3l behind Flawed Genius (9-6) at Doncaster 1m clm stks (5) gf.
Boo 33-1 (8-9) Reared start, always in rear, hampered inside final furlong and switched right, 5th of 6, 10l behind Wind Flow (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f 4yo hcp 0-95 (2) pol in Feb.
Pitbull 20-1 (8-4) Slowly into stride, held up, ridden 2f out, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 9l behind Mount Hadley (9-10) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Forzarzi (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Held up and keen, effort halfway, never dangerous, last of 11, well behind Mount Hadley (9-10) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Silk Gallery (USA) 12-1 (8-3) Behind, weakened 2f out, 10th of 14, 10l behind Darcy's Pride (8-6) at Redcar 5f fll hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Apr.