Beaten in slow ground at Nottingham last week, QUALITY ART still carries a penalty for his earlier win at Leicester. The only recent winner on show, Richard Guest's charge can get his head back in front in this modest company. It was soft ground when Gottcher posted an improved effort at Catterick and Baker's Pursuit is preferred on her recent second at Ayr. Busy Bimbo regularly makes the frame and did so again at Newcastle last time but she's now had 37 starts without success and the rest are even harder to fancy.
Quality Art (USA) 2-1fav (9-4) Prominent, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Megaleka (8-3) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Gottcher 4-1 (9-7) Led, pushed along 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, headed towards finish, no extra in 3rd soon after, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Sophie's Beau (8-4) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Here Now And Why (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden and edged left 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 5l behind Royal Bajan (9-10) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Baker's Pursuit 25-1 (8-8) In rear, headway entering final furlong, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Amelia Jay (8-4) at Ayr 5f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Busy Bimbo (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) In rear, ridden and headway entering final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Monakova (10-1) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Cayman Fox 33-1 (9-1) Led, headed approaching 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 10l behind Ingenti (9-0) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jul.
Berbice (IRE) 12-1 (8-8) Slowly away, behind, switched left to inside over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to trouble leaders, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Lucy Bee (9-3) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Miss Bossy Boots 100-1 (9-7) Led 1f, took keen hold, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 13, 22l behind You're The Boss (9-5) at Redcar 7f mdn stks (5) gd in Jul.