MATRAASH was a useful sort when trained by Mark Johnston, and though he's been unable to run to those heights since leaving the Middleham maestro, he appears to have been sweetened up by Mark Loughnane and can follow up a recent success on the turf. Beauchamp Xerxes is yet to win over this far but he made all to win a handicap at Wolverhampton last month and he must be respected. Tartan Trip was formerly a regular in big handicaps and though he ran with some promise at Kempton for new connections, he was bitterly disappointing next time out at Warwick. Waahej has had a short break since bombing out badly at Wolverhampton and it wouldn't be the greatest of shocks to see him bounce back to form as he ran well on his only previous visit here.
Beauchamp Xerxes 20-1 (9-10) In touch, headway to chase leaders halfway, went 3rd over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 10l behind Tapis Libre (10-3) at Pontefract 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Matraash (USA) 11-4 (9-12) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, switched right and closed after 1f, challenged 4f out, ridden over 2f out, led over 1f out, stayed on, won at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) fm beating Hilden (9-1) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Tartan Trip 15-2 (9-11) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden over 3f out, some headway over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 6, 11l behind Dutch Mistress (9-4) at Warwick 1m app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Vermeyen 14-1 (8-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along and headway over 2f out, stayed on same pace and no impression final furlong, 5th of 10, 5l behind Wyndham Wave (8-11) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jun.
Waahej 11-10fav (10-7) Chased leaders, went 3rd over 3f out, no impression when dropped to 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 13l behind Underwritten (11-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f am sell stks (6) pol in Jun.
Dark Rumour (IRE) 66-1 (8-2) Tracked leaders in 4th, driven over 4f out, soon ridden and lost place, tailed off when eased over 1f out, 6th of 7, 45l behind Rock Diamond (8-5) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gf.