PRIMAEVAL is clearly progressive and with the ground conditions likely to be advantageous to his chances he should win again at the expense of Ancient Cross and Mr Rainbow. Unexposed and heading in the right direction the selection followed a nice maiden win with an comfortable success on handicap debut. He should improve again to easily overcome his mark rise and his breeding suggests soft ground will only aid in that quest. Ancient Cross will have no worries with the under hoof conditions but may be a little high in the weights now after being first past the post before being disqualified on his latest. Mr Rainbow is consistent in the main and after needing his first run back easily scored at Warwick before running well from a revised mark last time. He's unexposed, acts on this ground but will have to improve with more weight added. Stags Leap has a good strike rate over this trip and is clearly in good heart after winning a claimer over further on his most recent performance so with conditions in his favour looks a live one. It is ultimately tight but Primaeval should be following up.
Mr Rainbow 3-1fav (9-6) Led early, tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, kept on near finish, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Prime Exhibit (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
The Osteopath (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Held up in touch, headway 2f out, chased winner 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, strong challenge near finish, just failed, 2nd of 9, shd behind Dubai Dynamo (9-4) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Horatio Carter 13-2 (9-3) Tracked winner, ridden inside final furlong, kept on, always held, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Camerooney (8-7) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun.
Esprit de Midas 50-1 (8-11) Chased leader far side group, ridden over 1f out, led that group towards finish, no chance with stands side group, 7th of 16, 9l behind Lowdown (9-0) at Hamilton 6f hcp 105 (2) gs.
Primaeval 8-1 (8-12) Dropped in from wide draw, held up last, good headway 2f out, quickened between horses over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, comfortably, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr beating Gazboolou (8-0) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Ancient Cross 9-2fav (9-0) Dwelt, held up, headway over 2f out, not clear run and switched right over 1f out, squeezed through between horses 1f out, soon led, driven and drifted badly left and bumped rival near finish (disqualified and placed 2nd), in a race won by Ancient Cross (9-0) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf, 10 ran.
Beckermet (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Mid-division, lost place over 2f out, 14th of 16, 13l behind Day Of The Eagle (9-1) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jun.
Silver Rime (FR) 9-2 (9-13) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 5f out, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 14l behind Ginger Jack (9-5) at Musselburgh 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Game Lad 28-1 (9-13) Behind, driven and kept on final 2f, never near leaders, 10th of 19, 12l behind Avenuesnalleyways (9-1) at York 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Stags Leap (IRE) 10-11fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, led on inside going easily 3f out, cajoled along and kept on inside final furlong, always just doing enough but never really challenged, won at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo clm (5) gf in Jun beating Sassanian (9-0) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Tasmeem (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Led early, tracked leader, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 8l behind Gramercy (9-7) at Haydock 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.