BLACK ANNIS BOWER is up 4lb for her recent success at Beverley. But, despite racing in the same grade today, this looks less competitive and Mick Easterby's mare is fancied to follow up. Majestic Manannan beat a subsequent winner at Yarmouth last month and has to come into the reckoning on that form but multiple all-weather winner Royal Bajan is still coming up short, despite racing off a lower mark back on Turf. Baby Queen has slipped down the weights though has yet to show any benefit.
Royal Bajan (USA) 7-1 (9-9) Led under stand side rail, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra near finish, 5th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Script (8-0) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Mercers Row 9-4fav (8-11) Held up in touch on outside, took keen hold, ridden and effort over 1f out, soon beaten, 4th of 6, 5l behind Hamoody (9-4) at Hamilton 5f sell stks (6) gd in Jun.
Black Annis Bower 7-1 (8-10) Pressed leader, ridden to lead narrowly inside final furlong, stayed on under pressure, just held on, won at Beverley 5f fll hcp (0-75) (5) gf in Jun beating Dreaming Of Rubies (9-4) by hd, 9 ran.
Baby Queen (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Prominent in centre, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 13, 12l behind Script (8-0) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Majestic Manannan (IRE) 17-2 (9-3) Made all, 2 lengths clear over 1f out, ridden out, won at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun beating Putin (8-13) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Sleepy Blue Ocean 20-1 (8-10) With leader, ridden 2f out, lost place 1f out, weakened and eased inside final furlong, 11th of 13, 11l behind Dark Castle (9-5) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Divertimenti (IRE) 14-1 (9-9) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 9th of 15, 7l behind Jubilant Queen (9-6) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun.
My Time 6-1 (9-12) Towards rear and pushed along, never dangerous, 11th of 16, 12l behind Adam's Ale (10-12) at Redcar 6f Amateur Maiden Handicap (0-65) (4yo+) (6) gf in May.
Errigal Lad 13-2 (8-7) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 8th of 15, 6l behind Jubilant Queen (9-6) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun.