The drop in trip will suit JUST SAM, who edges preference ahead of Fuzzy Cat and Whispered Times. Inter Vision is also a threat at this level and, despite his advancing years, he does have a habit of popping up when least expected, so it would be no surprise to see him bounce back from a lack lustre string of performances. Whispered Times has been in good heart lately and has a feasible chance from the bottom of the weights. However, the gelding has struggled off this sort of mark in the past, so needs everything to go his way. Fuzzy Cat made a smooth transition back to turf when scoring at Nottingham last month - comfortably landing an apprentice handicap under a confident ride. A 6lb higher mark obviously makes things harder but a bold effort can be expected nevertheless. Strong support for Another Try would also be interesting, as he will be suited by the conditions. Quite whether he can make all the running is debatable, though. Therefore, it can pay to take a chance that Just Sam will have derived great benefit from his latest start and, with the drop to six furlongs expected to ideally suit; the five-year-old gets a confident nod in the finale.
Apache Ridge (IRE) 7-2fav (9-0) Went right start, behind, headway over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 13, 1 1/4l behind Tadalavil (9-2) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Tawzeea (IRE) 40-1 (8-13) Raced stands side, disputed lead until over 2f out, weakening when hampered over 1f out, 14th of 18, 14l behind Tubby Isaacs (8-9) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Inter Vision (USA) 14-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, behind, ridden and effort on outside over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 9, 11l behind Nufoudh (8-13) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Just Sam (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Led, headed well inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Dabbers Ridge (8-11) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Averoo 22-1 (8-4) Towards rear, soon pushed along and outpaced, headway and not much room and switched left over 1f out, again when not much room entering final furlong, soon led, ran on well, won at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd beating Frisbee (8-5) by 1 1/4l, 15 ran.
Dickie Le Davoir 16-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, behind, ridden and headway centre over 2f out, stayed on under pressure to chase winner inside final furlong, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Wyatt Earp (9-2) at Carlisle 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Another Try (IRE) 4-1 (8-3) With leaders, ridden to lead 2f out, soon pressed, headed final strides, 2nd of 10, nk behind Aegean Shadow (8-9) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Caranbola 7-1 (8-7) Mid-division, pushed along halfway, never on terms, 7th of 12, 8l behind Sir Nod (9-2) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Fuzzy Cat 5-6fav (8-8) Chased leaders, headway 2f out, ridden to challenge and every chance over 1f out, kept on until no extra towards finish, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Sirjosh (8-0) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Braille 11-2 (9-2) Chased leaders, driven and outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on under pressure final furlong, no impression, 4th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Chosen One (9-2) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Arjemis 6-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, lost place over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, soon eased, last of 13, well behind La Gifted (9-1) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Whispered Times (USA) 12-1 (8-13) Prominent, ridden when short of room over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 4th of 12, 8l behind Ginger Ted (9-5) at Hamilton 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd.