FOCAIL MAITH failed to figure dropped back in trip at Kempton last time but had been threatening to score over today's distance before that. He won on heavy ground last year and John Ryan's charge gets the vote to come out best on today's surface. Reason To Believe finished third over C&D last month and makes more appeal than fast ground mile winner Shadow Catcher as the latter has yet to run over this longer trip. Ollon and Spyder are struggling for form, but Southwell maiden winner William Haigh may be capable of better on only his third start.
William Haigh (IRE) 11-4fav (9-5) Tracked leader, led after 1f, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 11l behind Mariners Lodge (9-3) at Ayr 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Shadow Catcher 5-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 6l behind Ventura Sands (8-13) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jul.
Focail Maith 13-2 (8-9) Held up behind on outside, headway 4f out, ridden and effort 2f out to over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 5th of 9, 7l behind Queen Of Cash (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Spyder 16-1 (9-7) Led, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 43l behind Dubawi Dancer (8-6) at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
Ollon (USA) 12-1 (9-0) Always behind, 14th of 15, 47l behind Betteras Bertie (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Reason To Believe (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Mid-division, kept on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Border Abby (8-10) at Newcastle 1m 2f app hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Jul.
Bella Montagna 12-1 (8-12) Mid-division, outpaced over 3f out, soon lost place and behind, last of 9, 18l behind Memory Lane (9-13) at Catterick 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.