Craig Nicol has struck up a really good relationship with MOMKINZAIN, the pair having landed two successive victories for Lucinda Russell. Both successes were delivered over course and distance and this progressive type can defy a 13lb rise for those wins and complete the three-timer against primarily out of form sorts. Born To Shine is the one who could be the threat to the hat-trick bid after being backed into favouritism last time when taking a tired fall at Hexham over 2m5f. He had shown his first promise over timber previously at Kelso when third to Croco Bay and the drop back to 2m looks a wise decision. Course and distance winner Pete has been a good servant down the years for the Murtagh team and whilst not that easy to catch right, he's still capable of useful form at this level.
Parson's Punch 12-1 (10-11) Reluctant to race, started way behind, pulled up before 3rd, in a race won by Reaping The Reward (11-3) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd, 10 ran.
Momkinzain (USA) 3-1fav (10-10) Chased leaders, led approaching 2 out, driven out from last and stayed on well, won at Perth 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Jun beating Early Applause (11-7) by 3l, 9 ran.
Claude Carter 8-1 (11-10) Held up in touch, ridden and outpaced 4th, 4th of 5, 26l behind Pret A Thou (11-12) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in May.
Born To Shine (USA) 7-4fav (10-5) Led, jumped right and headed 2nd, led 4 out, headed after 2 out, 3 lengths 3rd when fell last, in a race won by Granaruid (10-13) at Hexham 2m 4f amat hcp hdl (4) gd in Jun, 8 ran.
Pete 8-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, tailed off and pulled up before last, in a race won by Morning Time (10-7) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Jun, 11 ran.
Milaneen 16-1 (10-5) Prominent, effort after 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 14l behind Rosie Probert (10-1) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Captain Baldwin 50-1 (10-1) Held up in rear, mistake 3 out, some headway before 2 out, never on terms, 6th of 11, 10l behind Morning Time (10-9) at Perth 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.