Muharrer has been favourite on his last three starts and Michael Dods reaches for the headgear in an attempt to yield further improvement. He may have to give best on this occasion to BARREN BROOK as the six-year-old looks to be extremely well handicapped. Mick Easterby's charge wasn't far away in a valuable handicap at York last May and he takes this engagement off an 11lb lower mark. Handsome Ransom won a maiden for John Gosden as a youngster but he's been switched to David O'Meara having shown little for David Lanigan. Tuscan Fun landed plenty of bets at Haydock and returns to turf following a heavy defeat at Kempton. Arc Light won back-to-back races at Newcastle in June and will not be inconvenienced if the forecast rain arrives.
Muharrer 2-1fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, went 2nd 1f out, kept on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Hawdyerwheesht (8-9) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Barren Brook 14-1 (9-7) Last to break, held up in rear, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on to take 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Chancery (9-11) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Carthaginian (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Held up in 5th and off the pace, outpaced 3f out, plugged on from over 1f out, went modest 4th close home, 4th of 7, 17l behind Haylaman (9-13) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Gran Maestro (USA) 13-2 (9-8) Tracked leaders, led over 6f out, headed over 5f out, weakened over 3f out, 9th of 10, 19l behind Kuantan One (9-1) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Handsome Ransom 16-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, effort over 3f out, kept on final furlong, no impression, 6th of 7, 2 1/2l behind Dandy (9-4) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Jacobs Son 12-1 (9-4) Led early, prominent, lost place 8f out, ridden over 3f out, not clear run and switched right over 2f out, soon well beaten, 8th of 10, 16l behind Gabrial's King (8-13) at Newbury 1m 4f app hcp (5) gf in May.
Carragold 33-1 (9-1) In touch, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 19l behind Chancery (9-11) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Arc Light (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 7, 5l behind Mushaakis (9-0) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Flying Applause 25-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along over 3f out, soon outpaced, 4th of 6, 6l behind Ajmany (9-6) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Jordaura 12-1 (9-6) In touch in rear, ridden and slightly outpaced over 3f out, not trouble leaders, 5th of 6, 8l behind Cono Zur (9-6) at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Tuscan Fun 11-4 (8-12) Held up towards rear, effort over 1f out, never dangerous, 6th of 11, 11l behind Zamoyski (9-2) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Obboorr 16-1 (9-12) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 9l behind Cupertino (9-3) at Ripon 1m mdn stks (5) gf.