Unex Michelangelo was pushed clear to land a ladies' handicap at Beverley 10 days ago but Mick Easterby's charge looks vulnerable under a penalty. Exclusive Contract only won a seller last month but there are possibilities about Rocky Two if you ignore his latest run at Catterick as he seems to like it here. AMAZING BLUE SKY won at Thirsk in June and will appreciate the return to a flatter track having just run out of steam in races since at Beverley and Pontefract - he gets the nod today.
Unex Michelangelo (IRE) 7-2 (10-6) Held up, headway 3f out, led over 1f out, edged left and ridden clear inside final furlong, won at Beverley 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul beating City Ground (10-10) by 6l, 9 ran.
Royal Straight 15-2 (9-1) Chased leaders, under pressure over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 7l behind Camerooney (9-7) at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Titus Bolt (IRE) 4-1fav (9-7) Raced wide, tracked leader 8f out, ridden over 4f out, weakened 2f out, 10th of 12, 22l behind Henpecked (9-3) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May.
Rocky Two (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Held up, ridden 4f out, never a factor, 9th of 14, 23l behind Hyperlink (11-7) at Catterick 1m 4f am hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Amazing Blue Sky 6-1 (8-11) Led, ridden inside final 2f, headed 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind El Bravo (9-10) at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Exclusive Contract (IRE) 2-1fav (8-5) Chased leaders, challenged over 2f out, edged right and led well inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gf in Jul beating Lindart (8-10) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Gios Last (GER) 11-4fav (10-9) Tracked winner, ridden over 3f out, edged left over 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 14, 39l behind Hyperlink (11-7) at Catterick 1m 4f am hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Idarose (IRE) 80-1 (8-9) Slowly away, in rear, ridden over 4f out, well behind final 3f, eased, last of 9, well behind Bahamian C (9-3) at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.