This looks a trappy little contest in which we will give the tentative vote to EFFIGY, while Vainglory and Cara's Request both warrant plenty of respect. The selection won back to back handicaps at Salisbury and Pontefract last September and was raised ten pounds in the weights for his troubles. Although he was beaten off a mark of 75 at Newbury last time out he did catch the eye running into third place. He looks more than good enough to win a race of this nature and with the yard in such good form of late he is difficult to oppose. Vainglory earned himself a mark of 90 last summer without getting his head in front but in the past year he has dwindled down the weights. He looks potentially well treated now running off a mark of 83 and if he can recapture his best form he will not be far away come the business end of the race. Cara's Request is only lightly raced with four runs under his belt. He broke his maiden tag when winning nicely on a testing surface at Nottingham on his penultimate outing. He did however disappoint on his handicap debut running off a mark of 80 and with two more pounds to carry this time around others are preferred. So for the winner we return to Effigy.
Vainglory (USA) 7-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden well over 2f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Riggins (9-3) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Cara's Request (AUS) 2-1fav (8-11) Held up behind leaders, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 11l behind Angel Rock (8-9) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-90 (3) sft in May.
Resurge (IRE) 50-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, towards rear, headway under pressure over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 5th of 11, 5l behind Riggins (9-3) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Regional Counsel 33-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, not troubled leaders and weakend over 1f out, 7th of 8, 20l behind Plaisterer (8-10) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Bid For Glory 12-1 (8-11) Always towards rear, last of 23, 48l behind Charlie Tipple (8-9) at Redcar 1m hcap (2) gd in Oct.
Effigy 4-1 (8-13) Prominent, ridden and every chance 2f out, kept on well final furlong, just failed, 3rd of 10, hd behind Uncle Fred (8-13) at Newbury 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Cotswolds 11-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 11, 5l behind Ellemujie (9-6) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Mount Hermon (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, 10th of 12, 16l behind Twilight Star (11-0) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.
Crocodile Bay (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Towards rear, ridden along halfway, never troubled leaders, 6th of 10, 12l behind Captain Macarry (9-4) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.