WOODSLEY HOUSE is the tentative selection to get the better of Mr Lu and Nufoudh. The selection has a good deal more to prove than that pair and George Foster hasn't found his way into the winner's spot in this calendar year but the horses haven't been running too badly of late and the eight year old course and distance winner lines up from a career low mark. He thoroughly deserves his current rating but blinkers may bring about a resurgence in form and the booking of David Allan takes the eye. Nufoudh has been enjoying a great time of things at this track but the signs are that the handicapper may have his measure now but that may not be the case with Mr Lu who is up 5lbs for a ready success at Ayr but he can spoil his chance by racing too keenly. Smalljohn should be on the premises but others are probably better handicapped whilst the remainder look to have something to prove which is also true of the selection, Woodsley House.
Smalljohn 9-2fav (8-7) Chased leader, ridden when that rival quickened clear over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Imperial Djay (8-6) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Nufoudh (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 6l behind Imperial Djay (8-6) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Sendreni (FR) 80-1 (8-9) Chased leading pair until over 2f out, last of 7, 16l behind Tangerine Trees (9-6) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Mr Lu 5-2fav (9-3) Held up in mid-division, headway on inside over 2f out, ridden to inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Ayr 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May beating Fiefdom (8-12) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Al Wasef (USA) 8-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, one paced when slightly hampered over 1f out, 6th of 9, 10l behind Applaude (8-10) at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Woodsley House (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Mid-division, driven and outpaced 4f out, eased when beaten over 1f out, 6th of 9, 20l behind Liteup My World (8-10) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Hosanna 33-1 (10-1) Close up, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 14, 9l behind Ivestar (10-7) at Hamilton 6f am hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Cold Quest (USA) 8-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Crocodile Bay (8-8) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.