PIPERS SONG can lead them all home in this handicap and he is nominated to get the better of Dechiper and Merrion Tiger. The selection is on a very attractive mark and he can reverse form with Dechiper on their run here last month. He should be suited by this longer trip and he will also appreciate this faster ground. Dechiper also has a penalty to contend with so there are reasons to suggest that he can turn the tables tonight. Merrion Tiger has been knocking on the door of late and he will have no problems seeing out this trip, but he may need some respite from the handicapper before he is able to resume winning ways. Unawatuna went close last time and is worthy of consideration, while course and distance winner Mirjan is another worth a look at a bigger price. There are plenty in with chances and the vote goes to Pipers Song.
Smugglers Bay (IRE) 17-2 (8-9) Dwelt and held up in rear, ridden along 3f out, one pace final 2f, 5th of 6, 4l behind Snowed Under (9-4) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Summer Soul (IRE) 11-4 (9-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, stayed on final furlong, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Forrest Flyer (8-2) at Ayr 1m 5f App hcp (5) gf in Jun.
Mirjan (IRE) 12-1 (9-9) Slowly away, in rear, pushed along 8f out, weakened over 4f out, 8th of 9, 35l behind Puy D'arnac (9-8) at Ayr 1m 7f hcap (4) hvy in Nov.
Piper's Song (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Held up, headway 3f out, ridden to lead approaching 2f out, headed close home, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Terminate (8-7) at Bath 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) fm.
Merrion Tiger (IRE) 11-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden and lead over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind That'll Do Nicely (9-5) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Los Nadis (GER) 11-2 (9-6) Held up, effort on inside when not clear run over 1f out, no impression after, 7th of 10, 7l behind That'll Do Nicely (9-5) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Dechiper (IRE) 3-1fav (8-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, soon clear, won at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gs beating Piper's Song (8-13) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.
River Danube 12-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, lost place over 5f out, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Eforetta (8-11) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Apr.
Harcas (IRE) 50-1 (9-11) Led, headed 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace final furlong, no extra when not much room near finish, 5th of 13, 5l behind Bijou Dan (9-12) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Mister Pete (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Held up, chased leaders over 4f out, kept on, 6th of 15, 5l behind Northern Dune (9-1) at Redcar 2m hcp 0-65 (6) fm in Apr.
Thunderwing (IRE) 40-1 (9-5) Raced keenly, held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden, effort over 1f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, edged left, no extra near finish, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Bijou Dan (9-12) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Unawatuna 7-1 (8-2) Held up, headway 5f out, led 3f out, driven and headed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Danzatrice (9-2) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Byron Bay 33-1 (9-5) Held up, never dangerous, 8th of 14, 20l behind Paddy Rielly (9-1) at Southwell 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Apr.
Celtic Carisma 18-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden and weakened over 4f out, 11th of 14, 30l behind Saluscraggie (8-11) at Catterick 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Oct '06.
Spiders Star 33-1 (9-2) Dwelt, mid-division, ridden 3f out, never on terms, 9th of 14, 34l behind Capal Dubh Alainn (9-4) at Catterick 2m hcap (6) gd in Oct.
Border Tale 33-1 (8-12) Led, headed 7f out, weakened 2f out, 8th of 13, 11l behind Rough Sketch (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Presque Perdre 28-1 (8-7) Led for 2f, chased clear leader, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 9l behind Cheshire Prince (9-4) at Newcastle 1m 2f 3yo app hcp (6) gd in Aug '07.