Plenty with claims in this. Jan Smuts bids for a hat-trick under a penalty after winning an amateurs race at Musselburgh last week but Kodacil is weighted to reverse earlier running with the former. Almost Gemini is upped a further 5lb having landed a double on the Polytrack recently while Stickleback and Destiny Awaits could also get involved after both finished second on their latest starts. Naburn could figure if staying the longer trip but BEAT THE SHOWER looks set for a bold bid on the back of a narrow-margin defeat at Ripon and Peter Niven's charge gets the nod.
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.
Mason Hindmarsh 17-2 (9-5) Prominent, led 10f out, headed 5f out, closed on leader 1f out, led final 75 yards, won at Ripon 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gd beating Zaplamation (9-8) by shd, 11 ran.
Luctor Emergo (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, chased leaders, led over 3f out, headed over 2f out, weakening when hampered over 1f out, 8th of 10, 9l behind Aleksandar (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Naburn 6-5fav (8-13) Keen in touch, headway to track leader 8f out, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 8, 9l behind Bright Applause (9-5) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Almost Gemini (IRE) 8-13fav (9-4) Tracked leader, led 3f out, ridden over 1f out, flashed tail and headed narrowly inside final furlong, rallied gamely to lead again near finish, won at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr beating Easydoesit (9-12) by nk, 6 ran.
Rock Relief (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 2nd over 4f out until ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 9th of 13, 12l behind Come Here Yew (9-0) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Jeu De Roseau (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Held up in mid-division, pushed along 3f out, headway over 2f out, went 3rd well over 1f out until 1f out, no impression when weakened to 5th final 110 yards, 5th of 11, 11l behind Kazbow (9-12) at Pontefract 2m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Beat The Shower 16-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, stayed on without being able to challenge, 4th of 11, 3/4l behind Mason Hindmarsh (9-5) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Jan Smuts (IRE) 4-1 (10-4) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, led over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Musselburgh 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) gd beating Brasingaman Eric (10-9) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Kodicil (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Jan Smuts (8-13) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Ad Value (IRE) 10-3 (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 5f out, effort 3f out to 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 26l behind Full Speed (9-3) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Mar.
Stickleback 7-2fav (8-1) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway on inside 2f out, went 3rd 1f out, stayed on to 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with unchallenged winner, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Kazbow (9-12) at Pontefract 2m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Maska Pony (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on from 1f out, 7th of 13, 14l behind Naburn (9-6) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Apr.
Tropenfeuer (FR) 66-1 (8-4) Held up in rear, struggling 5f out, never in contention, 7th of 10, 14l behind Going Grey (8-8) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr.
Destiny Awaits (IRE) 6-4 (8-11) Disputed close 3rd, effort on outside 4f out, went 2nd 3f out, led over 2f out, ridden and hung left over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Bold Adventure (9-4) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Dan's Heir 33-1 (9-2) Mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Blue Dune (9-2) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct.
Miss Mohawk (IRE) 100-1 (9-9) Ridden along leaving stalls, chased clear winner, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 19l behind Divergence (8-7) at Newcastle 1m 4f fll mdn stks (5) gf.