URSUS, runner-up to Oakbrook at Catterick last time, could have his form boosted by the winner who runs in the first division and earns the vote in a very moderate heat. Bartley has been disappointing since his maiden success last June but has dropped in the ratings as a consequence and faces lesser opposition than at Doncaster last time. He can go well along with C&D winner Brave Battle, though the latter would prefer softer ground. Red Scintilla ran poorly at Carlisle on Sunday though can't go much lower in the weights but Celestial Dawn has looked too high after going up 8lb for her victory at Bath in June.
Bartley 16-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 13, 20l behind Anton Chigurh (9-4) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Jul.
Celestial Dawn 8-1 (8-10) Behind, driven over 2f out, stayed on same pace, never on terms, 6th of 8, 4l behind Rylee Mooch (9-5) at Leicester 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
Brave Battle 16-1 (8-5) Always behind, 12th of 17, 12l behind Sleepy Blue Ocean (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Steel City Boy (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 8th of 15, 7l behind Tuibama (9-2) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Jun.
Ursus 14-1 (8-11) Stumbled start, chased leaders, led over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Oakbrook (8-11) at Catterick 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jul.
Red Scintilla 12-1 (9-2) Prominent 4f, 14th of 16, 12l behind Spread Boy (9-9) at Carlisle 6f ladies hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Queen's Princess 66-1 (8-3) Raced stand side, in touch, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 15, 9l behind Trust Fund Babe (8-7) at Ripon 6f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Piste 14-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 7th of 12, 7l behind Ferdy (8-11) at Catterick 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jul.
King Laertis (IRE) 150-1 (8-2) Towards rear, struggling from over 3f out, raced far side, never a factor, 11th of 12, 31l behind Mick Slates (7-12) at Catterick 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Jul.