POLAR FOREST was only beaten half-a-length at Nottingham on Saturday having also finished second at Thirsk on his previous start. Providing his weekend exertions don't take their toll, Richard Guest's gelding could open his account in this as he gets 7lb from the in-form The Scuttler and 10lb from War Lord. The latter has struggled off a higher mark since scoring at Thirsk in May. Kolonel Kirkup is beginning to drop down the handicap, however, and back over a more suitable trip after his sixth at Newcastle.
Kolonel Kirkup 12-1 (9-7) Led, headed over 1f out, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Black Rider (9-2) at Newcastle 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
War Lord (IRE) 10-3 (9-3) 3rd of 11, 9l behind Mushaakis (9-7) at Musselburgh 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Shearian 8-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, 16l behind Aeronwyn Bryn (8-13) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun.
The Scuttler (IRE) 6-4fav (8-11) Prominent, ridden 2f out, kept on well final 100 yards, not get to winner, 2nd of 6, nk behind Not Rigg (9-5) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Blazeofenchantment (USA) 40-1 (8-10) Soon outpaced in rear, struggling over 4f out, never dangerous, last of 8, 29l behind Noble Gift (9-7) at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in May.
Kat Moon 4-1fav (9-1) Towards rear, pushed along over 7f out, some headway final furlong, never in contention, 7th of 13, 11l behind Crucis Abbey (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Polar Forest 20-1 (8-2) Took keen hold, prominent, led over 8f out, ridden 2f out, edged right off rail inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Invincible Cara (9-5) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Threepence 50-1 (8-7) Slowly away always in rear, last of 8, 24l behind Marhaba Malayeen (9-7) at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.