The draw is against Rasaman so we will take a chance and side with Kevin Ryan's other runner LE TOREADOR to get the better of Pacific Pride. The selection is best drawn of the fancied runners today and it could prove decisive. He is a course and distance scorer who was far from disgraced last time and with trip and ground to suit he can go well. Rasaman won well last time at Thirsk but he does like to race prominently and he will need a smart break to be able to do that from stall one. Baybshambles went close last time and he has won over this course and distance in the past so from a good draw he looks the best of the others. Le Toreador looks the value call and gets the vote.
Stolt (IRE) 16-1 (8-5) Close up, weakened over 1f out, last of 15, 17l behind Internationaldebut (8-10) at York 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Rasaman (IRE) 5-1 (8-10) With leader, ridden to lead over 1f out when rider lost stirrups, just held on, close home, won at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Divine Spirit (8-7) by hd, 9 ran.
Total Impact 25-1 (9-0) Outpaced, towards rear, brought wide over 2f, stayed on towards finish, 5th of 11, 3l behind Irish Pearl (9-1) at Southwell 6f hcp (4) fbs in Oct.
Indian Trail 7-2 (8-12) With leaders until ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 9l behind Excusez Moi (9-4) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Hotham 20-1 (9-1) Behind and soon pushed along, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 10l behind Equuleus Pictor (8-7) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy.
Le Toreador 8-1 (9-3) Led stands side until headed entering final furlong and one pace, 3rd of 16, 4 1/2l behind Mandurah (8-6) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Discanti (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Held up, ridden halfway, never dangerous, 7th of 9, 5l behind Rasaman (8-10) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Pacific Pride 5-1fav (8-6) Made all, ridden halfway, driven and kept on final furlong, won at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Baybshambles (8-8) by ns, 13 ran.
Baybshambles (IRE) 5-1fav (8-8) Held up, ridden over 2f out, headway and switched right inside final furlong, ran on, held, 2nd of 13, ns behind Pacific Pride (8-6) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.