Northside Prince continues to run well without success and was second again at York last week when Nanton finished four lengths further back. Rocktherunway popped-up at 25/1 at Doncaster last time when beating KNIGHTLY ESCAPADE a length. The latter can re-oppose on better terms here and Brian Ellison's charge is taken to come out best on this occasion. Winning chaser, Houston Dynimo, was beaten off today's mark here the last time he raced on the Flat and Platinum makes more appeal on his second at Catterick last month.
Northside Prince (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Close up, ridden and every chance over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 18, 3/4l behind Cousin Khee (9-1) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Nanton (USA) 20-1 (9-4) Towards rear, not clear run from over 1f out, never a factor, 10th of 18, 4l behind Cousin Khee (9-1) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Rocktherunway (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Held up last, good headway on outside over 2f out, went 2nd well over 1f out, led over 1f out, idled inside final furlong, driven out, won at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Knightly Escapade (9-7) by 1l, 8 ran.
Knightly Escapade 4-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, held up in touch, headway on inside over 2f out, not clear run and switched right over 1f out, hung left under pressure inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Rocktherunway (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Houston Dynimo (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, soon with leader, led over 9f out, headed 2f out, no extra final furlong, 4th of 11, 3l behind Stormy Morning (9-11) at Musselburgh 1m 5f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd in Aug.
Platinum (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 2nd over 3f out, challenged and upsides winner inside final furlong, kept on and just held post, 2nd of 12, shd behind Royal Opera (9-2) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Merchant of Dubai 16-1 (8-3) Tracked leader, pushed along over 5f out, soon lost place, last of 14, well behind O Ma Lad (9-4) at Hamilton 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) sft.
Raleigh Quay (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 4f out, kept on final 2 furlongs, 4th of 11, 11l behind Kingarrick (8-2) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.